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.

Watch: Pa Salieu – B***K

“The title being censored is to highlight how throughout history parts of society have portrayed black people and culture almost like a swear word.”

Pa Salieu