Why I Love: Michael Kiwanuka On His Teenage Skateboarding Obsession

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Michael Kiwanuka loves the culture and skill behind skateboarding. When he was a teen it was a way of being both part of a club and being an individual: he used to do it on the South Bank and in Muswell Hill. He describes it as a way of expressing yourself and choosing a style. “Even now I’m still really obsessed with it,” he tells NME in the video above. “I don’t really skate any more and I was never that good but I still love the whole culture and style” – baggy jeans and baggy hoodies gave way to skinny jeans and punk styles. This was in the days before camera phones, so sadly there’s no footage of a teenage Kiwanuka landing his best trick – a heel flip – but he still keeps up with it by following the best skaters on Instagram. That’s people like Brian Anderson, Ed Templeton, Andrew Reynolds and Tom Penny.

Catch Michael on tour next year:

Manchester, Albert Hall (April 29, 2017)
Gateshead, Sage (30)
Glasgow, O2 ABC (May 1)
Bristol, Colston Hall (3)
Cambridge, Corn Exchange (4)
London, Royal Albert Hall (5)