Michael Kiwanuka Cancels North American Tour Dates, Citing Vocal Issues

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Michael Kiwanuka performs on stage during Festival del Mil.lenni at Sala Bikini on Nov. 16, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. 

You’ll likely see Michael Kiwanuka’s Love & Hate getting some significant year-end accolades, but unfortunately, North American fans won’t be able to check out the British soul artist’s live show before 2016 closes out. On Wednesday (Nov. 30), Kiwanuka announced the axing of his remaining dates this year because of tonsillitis.

“Michael Kiwanuka regretfully announces the cancelation of his entire North American tour, tickets to be refunded at point of purchase,” an official statement reads. “He has vocal damage and has been diagnosed with tonsillitis and under doctor’s orders, is unable to perform.”

That run of shows would’ve started Wednesday night at New York’s Webster Hall. The 10-date run (full listing below) was set to conclude Dec. 14 in Dallas. For now, his 2017 itinerary -- a collection of Australian and U.K. shows beginning April 18 -- is still on.

Love & Hate, Kiwanuka’s sophomore album for Polydor Records, came out back on July 15. It earned Kiwanuka his first No. 1 album in the U.K. and has been nominated for BBC Radio 2's album of the year title.

Below, find his official video for the title track, along with the canceled tour dates. 

Nov. 30: Webster Hall (New York, NY)     
Dec. 2: The Phoenix Concert Theatre (Toronto, Ontario)         
Dec. 3: Park West (Chicago, Ill.)         
Dec. 4: Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis, Minn.)         
Dec. 7: Commodore Ballroom (Vancouver, British Columbia)          
Dec. 8: The Showbox (Seattle, Wash.)         
Dec. 9: Roseland Theater (Portland, Ore.)     
Dec. 11: The Fillmore (San Francisco, Cali.)         
Dec. 12: Fonda Theatre (Los Angeles, Cali.)    
Dec. 14: Trees (Dallas, Tex.)