This year’s Mercury Prize (one of the world’s most prestigious popular and alternative music awards) for the best British album went to the Ugandan-born British singer Michael Kiwanuka for his third album “Kiwanuka”.
His previous two albums – “Home Again” and “Love & Hate” – have also been nominated for this award. His third studio recording “Kiwanuka” (released in November 2019) was almost unanimously named the best by the Mercury Prize panel and critics, and worthy of recognition and fame. Album “Kiwanuka” draws from soul, blues and alternative music and talks about the identity of a black artist in society, self-esteem, social problems and touches on the context of “Black Lives Matter”.
As every year, twelve albums were nominated for the award. This time the list of candidates included jazz drummer Moses Boyd, alternative rock bands Sports Team, Porridge Radio, Lanterns On The Lake, experimental electronic music performer Anna Meredita, rapper Kano and Stormzy, electronic music producer Georgia, indie folk singer Laura Marling, Michael Kiwanuka as well as pop stars Dua Lipa and Charli XCX. It should be noted that this year more than half of the nominees were women or bands with a female lead singer. The British media emphasized that this is a clear example of the growing focus on the role of women in the music environment.
Winner of the Mercury Prize also receives £ 25,000. The prize itself has been awarded for the best album released in the United Kingdom by a British or Irish act since 1992. The winner is chosen by a group of music professionals and presented at a ceremony in London each year. Though, this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the traditional live event had to be canceled and the winner was announced on The One Show on BBC One.
Next summer Michael Kiwanuka is set to perform in the Baltics. These shows were due to take place later this year, but were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the organizers have managed to agree with the musician’s team on the preservation and postponement of concerts to 2021 and tickets for these event are still available.
June 14, 2021 for Talinn, Estonia – TICKETS
June 15, 2021 for Sigulda, Latvia – TICKETS
June 16, 2021 for Vilnius, Lithuania – TICKETS