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Michael Kiwanuka releases a powerful visualizer for his “To Be Young Gifted & Black” single

Michael Kiwanuka is a talented singer-songwriter from London, England. Not too long ago, he released a powerful visualizer for his “To Be Young Gifted & Black” single.

Michael Kiwanuka – “To Be Young Gifted & Black” visualizer

“Oh, what a lovely precious dream to be young, gifted, and Black. Open your heart to what I mean. In the whole world, you know there are boys and girls who are young, gifted and Black. And that’s a fact! You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young there’s a world waiting for you.” – lyrics

‘To Be Young Gifted & Black’ tells an evergreen tale of empowerment, self-growth, and racial identity. The timely tune finds Michael Kiwanuka telling listeners about the power they possess and why they should be proud of their Black heritage. Also, “To Be Young Gifted & Black” is featured on the official soundtrack to the landmark five-film anthology, entitled, Small Axe (Music Inspired By The Original TV Series).

“To Be Young Gifted & Black”

Michael Kiwanuka - “To Be Young Gifted & Black” banner

“Music is an integral part of Small Axe, especially Lovers Rock. Selecting the songs was definitely one of the most fun parts of making the anthology series. So I’m really excited about the soundtrack release.” – stated Steve McQueen, Academy Award winner

‘Small Axe’ is a celebration of Black joy, beauty, love, friendship, family, music, and even food. Each one, in its own unique way, conveys hard-won successes, bringing hope and optimism. Also, the music featured on the official soundtrack is integral to the DNA of these stories. Both enhancing the narrative and paying homage to the musical and cultural heritage of the times documented in the series.

The soundtrack features a lovely rework by Tiana Major9, entitled, Silly Games. Also, Small Axe encompasses an original score by Mica Levi, four spoken word pieces by Linton Kwesi Johnson, and much more.

“To Be Young Gifted & Black”

Michael Kiwanuka - “To Be Young Gifted & Black” banner

The 2021 TV Bafta Awards nominated The Small Axe anthology series in 15 categories. The series comprises five original films by Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame, 12 Years A Slave, Widows). Set from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, the films each tell a different story involving London’s West Indian community. Also, the stories are as vital and timely today as they were for the West Indian community in London at the time.

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We recommend adding Michael Kiwanuka’s “To Be Young Gifted & Black” single to your favorite soul playlist. Also, let us know how you feel in the comment section below. Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, “That’s All Folks!” Thanks for reading another great article on Bong Mines Entertainment. And always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation (P.E.A.C.E).

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