Listen to Michael Kiwanuka’s stirring new song ‘Beautiful Life’

by Ricardo Johnson

Michael Kiwanuka has shared his latest song ‘Beautiful Life’ – you can hear the track below.

The new single was recorded by the Mercury Prize-winning artist while he was writing and demoing new tracks for his upcoming fourth record, the follow-up to 2019’s ‘KIWANUKA’.

‘Beautiful Life’ will serve as the title music for Orlando von Einsiedel’s new documentary Convergence: Courage In A Crisis, which is out on Netflix today (October 12).

Recorded in London alongside producer St Francis Hotel, Kiwanuka said of ‘Beautiful Life’: “In this song I wanted to focus on the feeling that there’s a real strength in the human spirit when you try to look for beauty even in difficult situations.

“Of course, in some situations that becomes more and more difficult. But I just wanted to ponder on that and wonder what life would be like if I lived it like that.

“Ultimately whatever people feel from hearing the song is ok with me. But what I was trying to emit through the music was a feeling of defiance. A feeling of strength through adversity.”

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Kiwanuka will headline Green Man Festival next summer and is set to provide support to Liam Gallagher during one of his sold-out shows at Knebworth.

Before that, Kiwanuka will head out on tour in May 2022 – you can check out the dates below and find tickets here.

May 2022 6 – O2 Academy, Glasgow 8 – O2 Academy, Leeds 9 – De Montford Hall, Leicester 11 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge 13 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool 14 – Bonus Arena, Hull 17 – O2 Apollo, Manchester 18 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle 20 – Brighton Centre 21 – Pavilions, Plymouth 23 – O2 Academy, Brixton 25 – Alexandra Palace, London