Octavian wins the BBC Sound of 2019

Maverick, genre-defying rapper Octavian has won BBC Music’s Sound of 2019.

Endorsed by Drake, but entirely self-made, the 23-year-old has perked ears with a series of unpredictable EPs that juggle grime, house, pop and gospel.

He beat pop singer King Princess and balladeer Grace Carter to take the title, which has previously gone to Adele, Sam Smith, Haim and Sigrid.

“That’s lit,” said Octavian on finding out he’d won. “I don’t even know how to feel right now… Mum, I made it!”


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