Last month’s Best British Male NME Award nominee, Michael Kiwanuka, has released a video to accompany his new single “Cold Little Heart,” that stars Lakeith “Keith” Stanfield as its lead role. The video can be streamed below via YouTube.
The video was directed by David Helman, who saw the star to be just as important as Kiwanuka‘s music itself. Stanfield is most known for his roles in the current thriller Get Out and in Donald Glover’s highly successful FX series, Atlanta. In a press release Helman had this to say about his choice in casting:
Since the narrative is rooted in grief and centres around the loss of a father figure from the perspective of a young teenager, I knew we needed to cast someone who would immediately connect with our audience on an emotional level. Lakeith has been a close friend who has continued to inspire me with both his talent, but also with his genuine curiosity. You can easily spend hours talking to Lakeith about almost anything and expand your perspective on everything from religion to Death Grips. I wrote this concept with Lakeith in mind from the start because every time we’ve worked together he’s always willing to make himself vulnerable and he’s absolutely fearless in front of the camera.
This particular track was also used in the opening credits of HBO’s Big Little Lies, seen below.
“Cold Little Heart” is off of Kiwanuka‘s multiple award nominated second album Love & Hate. As the album’s opening track, it does a fantastic job of setting the tone for the entire soulfully crafted work of art. The album was nominated for the Hyundai Mercury Prize and Album of the Year at the BRIT Awards.
Kiwanuka is returning to the United States this May for what is said to be his biggest headline shows to date. That includes a sold out show in Los Angeles at the famed Fonda Theatre and an appearance at this year’s Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival. A full list of tour dates and ticketing information can be found below.
Michael Kiwanuka Tour Dates:
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May 18, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre – SOLD OUT
May 19, 2017 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
May 21, 2017 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
May 22, 2017 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
May 23, 2017 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
May 26, 2017 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
May 27, 2017 – Chicago, IL – Park West
May 29, 2017 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
May 30, 2017 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
May 31, 2017 – Boston, MA – Royale NightClub
June 2, 2017 – New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
June 4, 2017 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
June 7, 2017 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
June 9, 2017 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
June 10, 2017 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
June 11, 2017 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley