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Michael Kiwanuka received congratulations from Jose Mourinho for his Mercury Prize win

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EDITORIAL USE ONLY Michael Kiwanuka performs during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. Picture date: Thursday Octboer 15, 2020. Photo credit should read: PA Media on behalf of So TV
Michael Kiwanuka performs during the filming for the Graham Norton Show. (Picture: PA Media/Matt Crossick)

Song-writer and noted Tottenham supporter Michael Kiwanuka has recounted getting a letter from Jose Mourinho after he won the Mercury Prize last month.

The north London artist, who has supported the team since childhood, described being contacted by the team’s current manager as ‘crazy’.

Appearing on The Graham Norton Show, Kiwanuka said the award, which recognises the best British album of the year, caused a major spike in sales of his self-titled third album Kiwanuka.

‘It gave it much more attention – it was the best way to get it out to people. Sales went up 6,000%

‘I even got a letter from Jose Mourinho congratulating me.’

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‘My childhood team was Tottenham Hotspur so to get a letter from the manager was crazy.’

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Caption: Michael Kiwanuka announced as Mercury Prize Winner (Picture: BBC)
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The music star got a message from Jose Mourinho (Picture: Getty Images)

After his Mercury Prize win last month, the album saw tangible success jumping to fourth in the album chart.

The 33-year-old’s latest album originally reached number two in the charts after it was released in November 2019.

Kiwanuka has been nominated for the award for his two previous albums, but finally took home the statue with his third attempt.

It was a stacked category too, with Kiwanuka beating off Stormzy’s Heavy Is The Head and Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia.

Laura Marling, Kano, Lanterns On The Lake, Moses Boyd, Porridge Radio, Sports Team, Georgia, Charli XCX and Anna Meredith were also up for the award.

Speaking about his third album, Kiwanuka said on BBC’s The One Show last month that it was him trying to express his truest self.

‘When you are in a business like music, music is fun but when you are in kind of a more commercial setting, you have to be out there to the public,’

‘You can sometimes have a bit of imposter syndrome or doubt yourself.

I made a decision when I was making this album to really just be myself and enjoy it and not hold back.’

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One on Friday at 10.45pm.

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