Michael Kiwanuka Takes Over the Airwaves with Lt. Dan!


Although he’s currently playing sold-out shows across the country, Michael Kiwanuka could easily transition to a career as a DJ if he really wanted to.

The award-winning British singer-songwriter took over the airwaves for Lt. Dan before his sold-out show at Marathon. Kiwanuka spun some of our favorites like Curtis Mayfield, Tame Impala, Neil Young and many others for a special Valentine’s Day radio hour.

While in studio, Dan and Michael reflect on his debut album by listening to Rest. The journey from that project to his recent release has been long but well-worth it, according to Kiwanuka. He is just happy knowing his music has played any significant part in people’s lives.


Later in the hour, he talks about his latest work. His new album, KIWANUKA, has an engrossing flow that forces you to slow down and fully absorb the sonic journey. He explains:

“We can get everything at the touch of a button. I think it’s a good opportunity for music or any kind of art to slow us down and think a little minute or two. That was one of the ambitions for this record, was to maybe have an opportunity – if someone put it on – for it to just slow us down.”

Michael Kiwanuka on his new album, KIWANUKA

Lightning 100 has had the incredible opportunity to watch Michael’s career grow over the years. We go way back. Back in 2012 & again in 2017, he preformed Nashville Sunday Night, our longest-running on air tradition. Tonight, he revisits Nashville with a sold-out show at Marathon Music Works. His journey only grows from here, and we can’t wait to see where it takes him next.

Give this DJ takeover a listen, and then stay tuned to Lightning 100 to be in-the-know about his upcoming music!

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Written By Erin Renfro