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Gruff Rhys, The Anchoress, Afro Cluster Among Names On Welsh Music Prize Shortlist

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 Written by Laura Johnson

Gruff Rhys, The Anchoress, and  Afro Cluster (pictured) are among the nominees for this year's Welsh Music Prize.

Returning for its 11th year with a shortlist of 12 albums, the award recognises the best in creativity from the burgeoning Welsh music scene, as well as music made by Welsh people around the world.

Those shortlisted this year include Afro Cluser - 'The Reach', The Anchoress - 'The Art Of Losing', Carwyn Ellis and Rio 18 - 'Mas', Datblygu - 'Cwm Gwagle', El Goodo - 'Zombie', Gruff Rhys - 'Seeking New Gods', Gwenifer Raymond - 'Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain', Kelly Lee Owens - 'Inner Song', Mace The Great - 'My Side Of The Bridge', Novo Amor - 'Cannot Be, Whatsover', Private World - 'Aleph', and Pys Melyn - 'Bywyd Llonydd'.

The award's co-founder and radio presenter, Huw Stephens said:

“Every year we are blown away by the outstanding music talent in Wales. The wide variety of talent we have in the shortlist is great to see; it's a really strong shortlist of albums.

“It’s been a tough year for the music industry with events being cancelled and postponed, so there’s never been a better time to support Welsh artists. Our judges will decide on a winning album, but I hope people listen to all the nominees; the quality is exceptionally high.”

Chief Executive Officer at licensing company and Welsh Music Prize sponsor PPL, Peter Leathem said: “This shortlist is a celebration of the diversity of Welsh music. Afro-funk, blues, rap, folk, Latin, techno and psychedelia are among the many genres represented here in a fantastic selection of Welsh albums from the last year. Congratulations to all those shortlisted. It is clear Wales continues to be a rich source of musical talent.”

Last year the prize went to rapper and singer Deyah for 'Care City'. This year's winner will be announced at a ceremony at The Gate in Cardiff on November 23.


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