Kelela, MNEK and Sampha feature on BBC Sound of 2014 list

Dec 4, 2013 • Articles, MusicNo Comments

sound-of-2014-bbcEarlier this week, the BBC unveiled their list of 15 new artists to watch in 2014.

The BBC Sound of 2014 list was compiled by some of the UK’s influential music critics, editors, broadcasters and list and included an eclectic mix of 15 emerging artists from a variety of different music genres.

Amongst the list were US artist Kelela and British artists MNEK, Jungle and Sampha.

Kelela

When 30 year old Ethiopian-American Mizanekristos released her ‘Cut 4 Me’ mixed tape back in October, she received rave reviews. She can count Beyonce as a fan after she got a mention on her the pop Diva’s Beyhive blog. To learn more about Kelela, visit her Facebook page.

 

MNEK

MNEK (Real name: Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike) is a 19 year old London-based artist who has worked with Rudimental and Little Mix. MNEK is a play on the pronunciation of his last name.

At age 14, he got his first publishing deal, has cowritten on a track for The Saturdays and names Janet Jackson and Timbaland as some of his biggest influences. Follow MNEK on Facebook.

 

Jungle

Hailing from West London, duo T and J comprise the group Jungle, and have been able to build a strong fan base while keeping their names and faces a mystery until recently. Their music is reminiscent of retro tribal beats with a hint of 1970’s New York funk. Both of their singles quickly went viral on youtube especially debut hit Platoon, which featured six year old breakdancer B-Girl Terra. To learn more about Jungle, visit their official website.

 

Sampha

Sampha (real name: Sampha Sisay) is a hot commodity with a line of artists queuing up to work with him. He was featured on Drake’s much takes about Album ‘Nothing Was The Same’ and has now taken the bull by the horns and is branching out on his own. His recent EP ‘Dual’ was well received and has often been likened to Tracey Chapman and Michael Jackson. Follow Sampha on Facebook

 

For the full list, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25151475

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