Music created in the beautiful Welsh language has received a boost with the release of a playlist of the 20 most-streamed tracks on Spotify.
Called Cân y Cymry, the playlist celebrates Dydd Miwsig Cymru (Welsh Language Music Day), the 8th of February. But frankly one day a year isn't enough to enjoy these tracks, which have got us wishing Wales competed separately in Eurovision. A Welsh Lordi-style rock outfit would be an amazing choice, for instance.
The superbly-named Dexter Batson, Senior Editor at Spotify, comments (only in English, sadly):
"Music has no borders, and a great song can come from anywhere, no matter what language it is in. We always want to help support music from minority languages whenever we can, and musicians performing music in the Welsh language is a particularly rich seam of talent.
We have been thrilled to support a number of Welsh language artists who have broken through to international audiences on Spotify lately, including Alffa, whose ‘Gwenwyn’ has had over two million streams, and also Adwaith, who is connecting with new audiences on Spotify."
Here's the tracklisting:
1. Alffa - Gwenwyn
2. Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - Sbia Ar Y Seren
3. Adwaith - Fed i fod
4. Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - Patio song
5. Gruff Rhys - Bae Bae Bae ( Muzi Remix )
6. 9bach -Babi'r Eirlys - Live
7. The Joy Formidable - Y Bluen Eira
8. Traditional Welsh - Calon Lan
9. Yr Eira - Galw Ddoe Yn Ôl
10. Super Furry Animals - Bing Bong
11. Yws Gwynedd - Sebona Fi
12. Dafydd Iwan - Yma O Hyd
13. 9bach - Cariad Cyntaf
14. Only Boys Aloud - Calon Lân
15. 9bach - Ifan - Edit
16. Candelas - Llwytha'r Gwn
17. Super Furry Animals - Ysbeidiau Heulog
18. Super Furry Animals - Y Gwyneb Iau - Peel Session
19. Super Furry Animals - Ymaelodi Â'r Ymylon
20. Super Furry Animals - Dacw Hi
Quite a lot of Super Furry Animals there, but it's a great introduction to the language and its natural affinity with music nonetheless. Have a listen here, and check out the rest of the playlists for Dydd Miwsig Cymru here.
Main image: Welsh Language Music Day