London-born singer Michael Kiwanuka's soul-singing pipes are so overstuffed with feeling that you wouldn't believe he's only 23.
Who: Singer Michael Kiwanuka, 23, was raised in North London but his roots are in Uganda. He's a huge football (er, soccer) fan who roots for Tottenham Hotspurs who grew up listening to Nirvana and Blur.
Why: Though Kiwanuka figured he'd be just a session guitarist who wrote songs for other artists, his moving songs on Myspace page and gigs at a few local London clubs caught the ear of Paul Butler, frontman of UK pysch rock band, The Bees (or A Band of Bees, as they're known stateside).
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