Michael Kiwanuka is one of my favorite new artists. Michael is a British Soul Musician with hints of Otis Redding and Bill Withers (a personal favorite). Kiwaunka’s Ugandan heritage (son of Ugandan parents) is clear throughout his soothing, earthy memorizing style. His music is the kind you should listen to with a fresh cup of coffee, the stereo set on repeat, and with an openness to be moved by the seamless integration of lyrical depth and musical mastery.
One of my favorite songs from Kiwaunka’s album Home Again is Worry Walks Beside Me. On this track, Kiwanuka creates a personification of worry that highlights the persistence of restriction and the robbery of freedom that occurs when worry becomes too real and too powerful in our lives. It is the struggle that most all of us have; living without worry as a partner.