The winner of the BBC sound of 2012 poll of music critics, broadcasters & bloggers has been announced as British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka.
Compared to Bill Withers, Van Morrison and the Temptations, Kiwanuka’s brand of retro soul, RnB & folk was inspired from a most unlikely discovery. A rare recording of Otis Redding’s Sitting On The Dock of the Bay stuck to the front of a magazine tribute to Bob Dylan.
“I love that sound,” Kiwanuka told the BBC earlier today “The singers I listen to are quite old-school and I think that era is really cool. The way the chords sounded, and the feeling of the playing is very loose. There’s a jazz feel compared to a lot of modern music, which is very straight.”
The 24 year old North Londoner came out tops in the BBC Sound of 2012 poll ahead of Singer-songwriter Frank Ocean, Rapper Azealia Banks, producer DJ Skrillex and Swedish electro-duo Niki and The Dove.
Michael Kiwanuka will be playing a number of intimate gigs across the UK & Ireland over the next few months.His new EP ‘Home Again’ is officially released on Polydor Records on the 26th March 2012 following his debut ‘I’m Getting Ready’ released last year on Interscope. For tour dates and to check out his new single visit Michael’s official site: https://michaelkiwanuka.com/