Neneh Cherry’s Daughter Mabel On Sound Of 2016 Longlist

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Neneh Cherry photo by Andrew Benge and Redferns
Photo: Andrew Benge/Redferns

The longlist of 15 acts has been announced for the BBC Music Sound Of 2016, the annual title won for 2015 by Years & Years and previously by Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Adele, Keane and others.

The list includes Mabel, the Stockholm-born daughter of Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey (who has already attracted media coverage around her debut single ‘Know Me Better’) and Jack Garratt, confirmed last week as the winner of the 2016 Critics’ Choice BRIT Award.

The award is decided by a total of 144 media experts, and their list also includes sych-rock five-piece Blossoms; soul singer Izzy Bizu and singer-songwriter Frances, the latter pair having also been nominees for the Critics’ Choice title. Canadian R&B starlet Alessia Cara, whose first hit ‘Here’ climbs 11-10 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100, is included, alongside 15-year-old, folk-flavoured discovery Billie Marten.

Completing the longlist are rap and grime prospects Section Boyz, WSTRN, Loyle Carner and J Hus; indie rock act Ratboy; electronic producer Muru Masa; Anglo-Kosovan pop artist Dua Lipa; and London singer NAO, who a has a degree in jazz from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

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