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Keyboardist Ben Lovett says he is 'proud' of Communion label signing Kiwanuka

Mumford and Sons‘ keyboardist Ben Lovett has spoken to NME of his ‘pride’ at Michael Kiwanuka topping BBC’s Sound Of 2012 poll.

Kiwanuka released his debut EP ‘Tell Me A Tale’ on Lovett’s Communion label last summer. Lovett said:

We’ve thought Michael is one of the finest emerging talents in the world for a while now. He is also a great man, and we are very proud that he is a part of the Communion family.

The ‘Sigh No More’ artist, record label founder and producer – pictured above – added: “Coming top in polls is instant recognition of his quality, but it’s not something that will necessarily make him or break him. Michael is one of those few artists that’s here to stay for many years.”

23-year-old singer Michael Kiwanuka took first place in the annual critics’ run-down of new acts set to make waves in the coming year ahead of Frank Ocean and Azealia Banks, who were named in second and third place respectively.

Kiwanuka came out on top of the 15-strong longlist which also featured dubstep producer Skrillex and Sweden’s Niki And The Dove, who finished at fourth and fifth place respectively. Other acts to be nominated included A$ap Rocky, Dry The River, Friends and Spector.

The annual poll is voted for by over 160 music journalists, commentators and tastemakers. Past winners include Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Little Boots and Adele.

Mumford and Sons are currently working on the follow up to 2009’s multi-million selling ‘Sigh No More’.