Video: Michael Kiwanuka – To Be Young Gifted and Black

To Be Young Gifted and Black is the new track from last year’s Mercury-prize winner Michael Kiwanuka.

By Graeme Smith

The track is taken from the soundtrack of Small Axe, the five film anthology from director Steve McQueen. The series was nominated in fifteen BAFTA categories and featured Malachi Kirby who won best supporting actor for his role in the series. To Be Young Gifted and Black is the focus track of the soundtrack and wears its message on its sleeve.

Michael delivers the message in his characteristically soulful style, singing over a subtle piano melody. The powerful video features an array of black faces in a diverse range of scenarios, an attempt to show all that it means to be black.

The Small Axe Official Soundtrack is available from today via Motown Records. You can watch the video for Young Gifted And Black below.