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With a voice that has won comparisons to Bill Withers, the 24-year-old has already supported Adele on tour.
The Sound of 2012 list was compiled using tips from 184 key UK-based music critics, broadcasters and bloggers.
Now in its tenth year, previous winners include Jessie J, Adele, Mika, Ellie Goulding, Corinne Bailey Rae and Keane.
Kiwanuka, from London, cites influences ranging from Otis Redding and Bob Dylan to Miles Davis.
He started out as a session guitarist, working with Tinie Tempah’s producer Labrinth, before stepping in front of the microphone and signing to the Communion label, which was set up by Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett.
He said: “I never expected to be recognised in this way.
“It’s a great surprise and it means a lot that people are accepting the music they’ve heard so far, and it will bring the music to many more people, which for any musician is a great privilege.”
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Kiwanuka came ahead of US R&B singer Frank Ocean (Listen), who has worked with Kanye West and Jay-Z and was at number two on the list.
New York rapper Azealia Banks was in third place, followed by high-octane dance DJ and producer Skrillex at four and Swedish electronic duo Niki & The Dove in fifth place.
The list was compiled using tips from 184 influential tastemakers, who each named their favourite three new acts.
The other previous winners are: Ellie Goulding (Sound of 2010), Little Boots (Sound of 2009), Adele (Sound of 2008), Mika (Sound of 2007), Corinne Bailey Rae (Sound of 2006), The Bravery (Sound of 2005), Keane (Sound of 2004) and 50 Cent (Sound of 2003).