Pa Salieu wins the BBC Sound of 2021

Pa Salieu has been announced as the winner for 2021’s edition of BBC’s Sound of poll; one of the most reliable predictors of emerging talent to hit the mainstream over the coming year.

The shortlist also featured:

2nd place – Holly Humberstone – first featured on Alfitude in August 2020

3rd place – Berwyn – first featured August 2020

4th place – Greentea Peng – first featured August 2018

5th place – Griff – first featured July 2019

BBC Sound of 2021 poll

BBC Sound of 2021 announced

What a year it’s been… But through all the horrible peaks that everyone’s experienced, the output of music has remained as strong as ever.

With that said, this year’s long list for BBC Sound of 2021 is a solid reflection of just how much talent has emerged recently.

As usual, I’m glad to see that I managed to catch some of the artists while they were still emerging…

The winner will be announced in January 2021 on BBC News and BBC Radio 1.

Greentea Peng – Hu Man

“‘Hu Man’ is an exploration of self and our attachment to identity, especially in this modern age. Hu Man is a war cry from the battlefield of mind, calling to the divine Mother to take this ego, take this head, to remove all these words and man made constructs and take me, take us,  back to centre. Back to oneness, forward to unity.”

Greentea Peng

Watch: The Streets – I Wish You Loved You As Much As You Love Him (feat. Donae’O, Greentea Peng)

“This is a summer club song. Knowing that Donae’o is the king of UK Funky music – match made in heaven.  Greentea Peng was the perfect foil for this, her melodies are unique and she’s wicked.”

Taken from the upcoming mixtape ‘None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive’ which is released via Island on 10th July.

Mike Skinner and The Streets

New Music: Greentea Peng

Ah this is pure bliss for me… I really can’t describe it any other way. I get a strong sense that this kid will go further than most. Wait and see…

Greentea Peng