Michael Kiwanuka share his new single, ‘Hero’, the third track to be taken from his forthcoming new album, KIWANUKA, out on November 1.
The song pays homage to some of the world’s most important history-changing heroes that were taken too soon due to violence; heroes to Michael and others, like Fred Hampton, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, JFK, Sam Cooke, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Tupac and more.
The flip side, of course, is the idea that those who bring the most evil to this world seem to live the longest, making him ponder the idea that maybe all heroes die first.
Listen to ‘Hero’ by Michael Kiwanuka on the Official Fantasy Premier League playlist on Spotify.
The video is based on COINTELPRO- the FBI’s covert program of suppressing organizations and public figures, including musicians, who were involved in or supported anti-establishment political activity from the 1950’s through to the 70’s.
Directed by CC Wade, the video shows a tornado of conspiracy surrounding a famous musician’s death, set against the backdrop of 60s black liberation movements, FBI corruption and hippie counter culture.
Kiwanuka simply states, “‘Hero’ is a song about how the gems of this world always seem to die young, and how those who are oppressed often seem to have the most to offer us.”