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Michael Kiwanuka: “Light”

February 14, 2020


>>Stephen: PERFORMING, “LIGHT”
FROM HIS SELF-TITLED ALBUM, “KIWANUKA,” PLEASE WELCOME
MICHAEL KIWANUKA. (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ WE’RE MILES APART
BUT SAFE FROM DREAMS ♪ YOU’RE RUNNING FROM
♪ ♪ ♪ BEYOND THE DAWN
♪ WE’LL ALWAYS NEED ONE OF THEIR OWN
♪ TO LEAD SHINE YOUR LIGHT OVER ME ♪ AND IT DON’T BOTHER ME
IF IT’S NOT MEANT TO BE ♪ TOO FAR TO RUN
FALL ON YOUR KNEES ♪ TO FIND A LOVE
YOU’RE LIGHT FOR ME ♪ MY ONLY SUN
YOU’LL ALWAYS SHINE ♪ FOR ME
SHINE YOUR LIGHT OVER ME ♪ SHINE YOUR LIGHT OVER ME
ALL OF MY FEARS ARE GONE GONE, GONE
AND IT DON’T BOTHER ME ♪ DON’T BOTHER ME
DON’T BOTHER ME ♪ SHINE YOUR LIGHT OVER ME
SHINE YOUR LIGHT OVER ME ♪ ALL OF MY FEARS ARE GONE
MY FEARS ARE GONE, GONE ♪ AND IT DON’T BOTHER ME
IT DON’T BOTHER ME ♪ DON’T BOTHER ME
IF IT’S NOT MEANT TO BE ♪ ♪ ♪
♪ ♪ ♪ I HAD TO LOSE TO UNDERSTAND
♪ STRUNG OUT FROM ALL THIS POUR OUT A THOUSAND TEARS
♪ I NEVER KNEW A KINDER MAN EVEN IF WE WERE MILES APART
♪ EVEN IF WE WERE MILES APART ♪ EVEN IF WE ARE MILES APART
EVEN IF WE ARE MILES APART ♪ EVEN IF WE ARE MILES APART
EVEN IF WE ARE MILES APART ♪ EVEN IF WE ARE MILES APART
EVEN IF WE ARE MILES APART ♪ ♪ EVEN IF WE ARE MILES APART
EVEN IF WE ARE MILES APART ♪ (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
>>Stephen: MICHAEL KIWANUKA, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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91 Comments

  • Reply Ayes February 8, 2020 at 8:36 am

    Who’s Been A HUGE Fan
    Before February ??
    🔥
    👇

    *pewdiepie Commented on my latest video I’m literally crying and shaking *😝😭

  • Reply Ai Jax February 8, 2020 at 8:39 am

    First!

    To trigger dem lefties.

  • Reply AmazonPawan February 8, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Stephen Colbert amazing

  • Reply Cheryl Sibson February 8, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Great song!

  • Reply Aaron Frankie February 8, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Finally!! Michael Kiwanuka on The Late Show! Mannn, the good times are here and coming! 😎

  • Reply Person February 8, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Smooth

  • Reply Spot Turtle February 8, 2020 at 8:48 am

    I love it. It's very Nick Drake/folkie awesomeness.

  • Reply Dodelijk Koninkrijk February 8, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Soulful,
    Heartfelt.

  • Reply mary jones February 8, 2020 at 8:55 am

    very nice, ty mr kiwanuka and mr colbert.

  • Reply Ewan McEwan February 8, 2020 at 9:18 am

    And THIS is life and #Light. Such beauty from #MichaelKiwanuka the Maestro from Muswell Hill (as opposed to discord from that circus on The Hill with the orange ass-clown who lords within it). Thanks #LSSC. Shout to #JonBatiste. Stilling the troubled soul round the globe.

  • Reply Ronald Ochieng February 8, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Congs bro, we love u back at home 🇺🇬🇺🇬

  • Reply Marius Thefaker February 8, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Shades of José Feliciano?

  • Reply The Sweet Escape February 8, 2020 at 9:28 am

    #coldbeer #coolbear xd

  • Reply Kostis Georgalakis February 8, 2020 at 9:31 am

    i prefer "solid ground" to this one but honestly his music is amazing

  • Reply Ssukanta Upadhyay February 8, 2020 at 9:39 am

    part from 2:49–3:38 is haunting and hopeful at the same time

  • Reply Elisabeth Gil February 8, 2020 at 9:45 am

    I love this man

  • Reply h7opolo February 8, 2020 at 9:53 am

    captivating yet elusive melody, the bridge and end arrived seamlessly. inspired by Zero 7, it seems.

  • Reply Daniel kytonen February 8, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Nice

  • Reply Angela Hamlett February 8, 2020 at 10:29 am

    I knew I would love thise before I even clicked on. Thank you Jon for inviting him. Thank you! ♡♡♡

  • Reply v.dog February 8, 2020 at 10:35 am

    I think some of the best songs are the ones sung simply, purely, from deep within the heart and soul.

  • Reply Ruby Redd February 8, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Beautiful!!!!🎸🎶🎶🎶

  • Reply Pretty Pixy February 8, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Beautiful <3
    You have a new fan Micheal

  • Reply Tina B February 8, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Beautiful ❤ The background singers are amazing, too!

  • Reply joshneedsakidney February 8, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Every time this man sings, I believe him. Soulful and from the heart.

  • Reply Nashanta Stanley February 8, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Wow I America just got blessed with a unique voice and talent…plus the backup singers sound like angels…THAT is art and music!! I LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!! 👏 👏

  • Reply Amy DiDonato February 8, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    This is awesome has an old school sound I miss, the back up vocalists are fabulous , rich sound there ,this is well done just ordered the new album have love and hate you rock!

  • Reply Lori Wagoner February 8, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Beautiful!!

  • Reply Karan Gera February 8, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Brother Michael going from strength to strength since his first record! It's hard to decide which album has touched me more, KIWANUKA or Love and Hate.
    Always a fan, brother.
    Sing it loud, black and proud.

  • Reply Max Daichi February 8, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    WOW! Kind of jewel all those sounds flowing in the air!!! Kiwanuka, The Magician!

  • Reply christopher gendron February 8, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    He says Eevee several times.

  • Reply Cody Holleman February 8, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    What a great performance

  • Reply That’s What I said February 8, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Gorgeous

  • Reply scorpleeon February 8, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    😭

  • Reply Kathlyn Irons February 8, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Good Lord; lovely.❤️

  • Reply RED CAN February 8, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Whoa, no wrong note! Amazing performance!

  • Reply Sonia C February 8, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Another new artists to add to my collection. I'm a fan now.

  • Reply Sean Brown February 8, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Mike, I didn't know you were on last night! I would have stayed home. I'm glad for YT.

  • Reply checkmatefurries February 8, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Michael and James Taylor NEED to make an album

  • Reply Sandy Trunks February 8, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Wow! Once again the sound of the Gibson J200 amazes. (and, of course, played with heart and soul it can't but always please)

  • Reply D Deeze February 8, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Best performance of this song. One for the ages ! Lawdy lawd 😭❤️🕯

  • Reply D Deeze February 8, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    I hear one of my fave guitar licks from Led Zep song. Baby I’m gonna leave you ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Baby Pudge February 8, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve been into him for two years! He’s the BEST thing in music since marvelous Marvin 🙏🏽❤️🤘🏽

  • Reply Baby Pudge February 8, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    The ladies are beautiful accent to him

  • Reply Lazy I Ranch February 8, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    The whole world needs more Kiwanuka! I'm glad I listen to NPR, I've been introduced to the best music that way. The first time I heard Michael, I almost forgot to breathe. I felt like I was taken to a different place for those minutes, a place I didn't want to leave.

  • Reply TheRogueStatesman February 8, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Wow! This generation's James Taylor!

  • Reply Musical Commentary February 8, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Good song.

  • Reply Julie Holt February 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    I’ve been a fan for years. So happy to see him on a stage this big.

  • Reply Flo February 8, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Beautiful artistry ♥️♥️♥️♥️ don't sleep on his beautiful music!

  • Reply BlackAdder665 February 8, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Never heard of him before. Like it a lot!

  • Reply General JellyRoll February 8, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    I like everything from the Afro and turtle neck style to the music which is legitimate AF

  • Reply Sadiq Mohamed February 8, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Very nice indeed. I'm glad he is doing well. I saw him in London in 2015 opening for Alabama Shakes and was impressed. Here's one of my photos: https://imgur.com/gallery/x6v7xIN

  • Reply Jeff Mueller February 9, 2020 at 1:17 am

    Wow! Knocked me over. Love this tune on many levels.

  • Reply dbsx2 February 9, 2020 at 2:14 am

    A master of his craft. The background singers are angelic. The keyboard work adds the final haunting element.

  • Reply koushiki saha February 9, 2020 at 2:47 am

    This man, I bow to him, his songs make me feel alive and fearless of death at the same time.

  • Reply Tamara Howard February 9, 2020 at 2:51 am

    I just want to meet him.

  • Reply JuanMoreGame February 9, 2020 at 3:13 am

    Excellent performer and song, such a sweet sound.

  • Reply Birthday Guru February 9, 2020 at 3:25 am

    Finally. Real music. The way it should be. This guy is amazing. I can feel this music throughtout. Thank you, Stephen. Thank you, Michael.

  • Reply Andre Vincelli February 9, 2020 at 3:42 am

    By the end of this performance I felt like I had just woken from a dream. I had been taken away to a land far far away inside my heart and in my mind. Like a dream state that I rarely have the privilege of finding myself in. Thank you for sharing your craft and your talent.

  • Reply Lewlu X February 9, 2020 at 4:22 am

    I can’t get enough of his latest album!!!!

  • Reply Geralyn Polsky February 9, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Been listening to Michael’s music for a little over a year now. I love how it moves my soul!

  • Reply NYCrazyRob February 9, 2020 at 5:51 am

    Getting a Dave Matthews vibe here.

  • Reply Garrett Cummins February 9, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Unreal composer; amazing guitarist and singer.

  • Reply Emil Ram February 9, 2020 at 9:33 am

    kiwa Nuckie you, sob.

  • Reply India Bristol February 9, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Wow.

  • Reply c du February 9, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Beautiful!

  • Reply Olivia Ambani February 9, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Wow wow I’ve had this on repeat ❤️ sooo beautiful!

  • Reply malika toturqul February 9, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    i won’t ever be able to describe how much i love this song

  • Reply Laota Surfs February 9, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    This is amazing! I usually don't connect with new music, but I'm in love with this song.

  • Reply Grant Hutchins February 10, 2020 at 6:23 am

    “But I'm near the end and I just ain't got the time
    And I'm wasted and I can't find my way home.”

    ^ Closest thing I could find. When I heard this on TLSSC I had the sensation that I was hearing something so familiar that it must be a cover song. I have nearly 10k songs in my iTunes library, and I just couldn’t find the original, and nope. It wasn’t a Blind Faith song.

    Then I realized it wasn’t the song that I’d heard before. It was the intensity of emotion that was so familiar. It’s not something I experience as an adult. It’s the kind of sensation that kids are more used to, and adults are a little too jaded to remember. It’s the feeling you get when you hear a piece of music that seems like more than just a song. It’s as if someone just reached into your chest and pulled out something deeper that you can’t quite put why it hits you so hard into words. I remember the same sensation as a kid when I first watched Roberta Flack sing “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” on television. At that age when your emotions are more intense and closer to the surface, music can feel like you just heard an entire lifetime in the span of a single song. I don’t think that’s something I can feel as an adult, but this song reminded me that I could once. When I saw this, it was like hearing a shadow of a memory.

  • Reply Anthony L February 10, 2020 at 9:08 am

    On his album, you can't hear the guitar as well as you can here. This performance is sublime.

  • Reply The Heart Of A Blackbird February 10, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Refreshing

  • Reply Adrian Johnson February 10, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Absolutely amazing. The best artist of this era 🙌🏾

  • Reply Julie Strauss February 10, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Beautiful!!!

  • Reply LisaP February 11, 2020 at 2:44 am

    Such an incredibly beautiful song!

  • Reply TS Truffel February 11, 2020 at 6:34 am

    So beautiful😘

  • Reply Pre-War February 11, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Brave…., 3 chords and and a guitar these days.

  • Reply Kay Rohde February 11, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    I must hear more … and more of this artist! Thank you!

  • Reply ora nance February 11, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    Truth in song💖

  • Reply Magnetar 117 February 12, 2020 at 2:15 am

    first time hearing this guy. and I got to say I am in for some albums like now.

  • Reply Adam Mc. February 12, 2020 at 2:42 am

    Awesome!!

  • Reply peacefulislandgirl February 12, 2020 at 4:03 am

    Sweet. Nice pairing with James.

  • Reply Manni Interrupted February 12, 2020 at 4:11 am

    I am a new fan! Wow this was beautiful. That voice and guitar skills. 👏👏👏👏👏

  • Reply Jonny See February 12, 2020 at 6:00 am

    GOD D**********M!!!!!!!!! Blown away! Fantastic!!! 👍🏽💪🏽❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply M. E. A February 12, 2020 at 9:04 am

    ❤️ Kiwanuka 🎶

  • Reply debbiedoodiedandi February 12, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Wow – I'd never heard of this guy until last night when I heard one of his songs on tv and it stopped me in my tracks, and here he is again 24 hrs later? I think the universe is trying to tell me something. He had a new fan for sure

  • Reply Lee Rowe February 12, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    This song is on par with “love and hate”

  • Reply Walk Robot February 12, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    beautiful!

  • Reply Nevan Moses February 13, 2020 at 12:09 am

    I didn't know this guy existed until I saw him here. Now I'm a fan.

  • Reply Christen Solomon February 13, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Love and Hate is my favorite album and song by this gentleman. The first time I heard this guy I thought " he has to be dead for at least 50 years" because of how soulful and deep his voice was, they just don't make em like this anymore lol

  • Reply Kalepsis February 14, 2020 at 4:53 am

    Pleasantly surprised. It's like John Mayer, but with soul.

  • Reply blendonator February 14, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Wow, beautiful song and amazing vocal harmony! 😍

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