The judging panel said: “KIWANUKA by Michael Kiwanuka is the well deserved winner of the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2020 for Album of the Year. Classic yet contemporary, drawing on the history of music while remaining an intensely personal work of self-expression, this is an album that will stand the test of time. Songs such as ‘Hero’ and ‘You Ain’t The Problem’ deal with hot button topics like race and identity, but in a reflective way that draws the listener in. From its narrative flow to the interludes, from Civil Rights speeches to its panoramic mix of everything from psychedelic rock to piano jazz, KIWANUKA is not only a complete work, but also one that is borne of the courage of its creator to build his own world and invite us in. Warm, rich, hugely accomplished and belonging to no one genre but its own, KIWANUKA is a masterpiece.” (Source)
I had a burst of creative energy before settling down last night, so I scribbled all my thoughts in a notebook and added to them (or amended them) several times before finally getting off to sleep. They were inspired by a number of negative things I had read or seen during the day. These are all things we can all do at any time to make the world a better place, read them below in a more coherent and better-organised list (along with some later additions).
Build bridges, not walls.
Seek to understand others.
Talk to someone of faith, another faith, or no faith.
Visit a mosque, synagogue, or another place of worship.
Talk to someone of a different political persuasion.
Listen to children.
Don’t define others by their race, colour, gender, sexuality, disability, physical/mental health condition, faith/no faith, or politics.
Visit a food bank or refugee charity.
Celebrate and embrace difference.
Challenge fake news.
Oppose all injustice, stand up for truth.
Be less judgemental.
Understand mental health better.
Say sorry easily and quickly.
Be generous in spirit.
Smile more and talk to strangers.
Make a difference where you are.
Hold on to hope.
Please feel free to add suggestions to my list.