Pa Salieu wins BBC Sound of 2021 poll for new music talent

Coventry rapper who released acclaimed mixtape in November says it ‘feels mad’ to win prize won by Adele, Sam Smith and Haim in the past

Coventry rapper Pa Salieu has topped the BBC’s latest tastemaking Sound of… poll, which tips music artists destined for success each year.

The 23-year-old of Gambian heritage released his debut mixtape in November, described as “fresh and inventive” by the Guardian’s head pop critic Alexis Petridis. Salieu is yet to reach the UK charts, but tracks such as Frontline and My Family have quickly become cult classics in the country’s rap scene.

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