Friday 28 July 2017

Kiwanuka: I worried about name

Michael Kiwanuka decided to stick with his own name
Michael Kiwanuka decided to stick with his own name

Michael Kiwanuka has revealed he feared he'd never crack the music business - because of his name.

The soul star, who this month topped the BBC Sound of 2012 list of most promising musical stars for the year ahead, told the Daily Star: "I was insecure that Michael Kiwanuka sounded like a world music artist.

"I thought people would pigeon-hole me before I'd got started. I didn't think people could pronounce it.

"But the other names I considered weren't that serious - Michael K sounds like a dance producer alias."

The Home Again singer, 24, said he's made his family proud by sticking with his real name.

And he admitted: "I've only started to feel confident on stage as a singer in the last few months."

Michael was joined in last week's BBC Sound of 2012 top five by US singer-songwriter Frank Ocean, rapper Azealia Banks, Dubstep producer Skrillex and Swedish dance duo Niki And The Dove.

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