Michael Kiwanuka tipped for mainstream success in BBC Sound of 2012 list
Michael Kiwanuka tipped for mainstream success in BBC Sound of 2012 list

Michael Kiwanuka has been tipped for mainstream success in 2012 after being named the most promising musical star in the BBC Sound of 2012 list.

The acoustic soul singer won the award which tries to predict the stars of the future. Previous winners who went on to major success include Jessie J, Keane and Adele.

"It's very encouraging for some of my music to be noticed and considered as something worth listening to," said Kiwanuka.

"It's every musician's dream to have any sort of recognition for their art, something that is so personal. This is something I don't take for granted.

"I hope I can fulfil some people's expectations, but most importantly I hope people that enjoy my music feel like they can get something worthwhile from listening to it."

The Londoner was joined in the top five by American singer-songwriter Frank Ocean, American rapper Azealia Banks, dubstep king Skrillex and Swedish pop trio Niki & The Dove.

Hailing from a Ugandan backround, Kiwanuka is signed to Communion Records and has been compared to Bill Withers and Otis Redding taking inspiration from Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.

Earlier this year, breakingmorewaves.blogspot said of the star: "Like a lazy autumn Sunday afternoon Kiwanuka's music is full of laidback, effortless beauty and deserves to be cherished."