Soul singer claims top spot

Michael Kiwanuka has been named the winner of the BBC Sound Of 2012 poll.

Critics, eh? What do they know. All puffed up on self-importance, using their keyboard as a means to make and break careers.

But music fans across the land still pay attention to critical polls, and there is no list with a higher profile than the BBC Sound Of 2012 poll. Contacting writers, promoters, producers and taste makers across the land the list has gained a prominence which outstrips most other tools of prediction.

This morning (January 6th) the BBC announced that the winner of BBC Sound of 2012 is Michael Kiwanuka. The London based artist has made an enormous impression with his folky soul stylings, which bear comparison with Bill Withers and Terry Callier.

Recently supporting Adele on tour, Michael Kiwanuka released his new EP 'Home Again' on Monday (January 2nd) and promptly scored the first ClashMusic 'Single Of The Week' of the year.

Speaking to the BBC, Michael Kiwanuka revealed that he was flattered to be named at the top of the Sound of 2012 poll. "I never expected to be recognised in this way" he said.

"It's a great surprise and it means a lot that people are accepting the music they've heard so far, and it will bring the music to many more people, which for any musician is a great privilege."

Michael Kiwanuka is set to release his debut album later this year.

The BBC Sound of 2012 poll Top Five runs as follows:

1. Michael Kiwanuka
2. Frank Ocean
3. Azealia Banks
4. Skrillex
5. Niki & The Dove

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