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Rogue Jones wins Welsh Music Prize 2023

The Welsh Music Prize for 2023 has been secured by the bilingual pop duo Rogue Jones. This unique Carmarthenshire duo, comprised of married singer-songwriters Ynyr Ifan and Bethan Mai, clinched the accolade for their second album, “Dos Bebés.”

In addition to the recognition, the couple from Pembrey was also presented with the prize fund of £10,000 at the awards ceremony, now in its 13th year.

The event was held at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, and they join the ranks of past winners including Gruff Rhys, Gwenno, and Adwaith.

The ceremony marked its second occasion of being held in front of a live public audience, as an integral part of Llais, Cardiff’s premier international arts festival, scheduled from October 10 to 15.

From an initial longlist of 130 albums, the selection was narrowed down to just 15, and the judges were tasked with the challenging decision of selecting the ultimate winner.

“Dos Bebés” has been described as a “superbly crafted” and “eccentric” album that delves into themes related to “parenthood, motherhood, and young children,” while also exploring subjects as diverse as “UFOs, computer science, witchcraft, and Welsh independence.”

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