Rhosgoch village in North Wales are celebrating today. Their male voice choir, formed from the miners of the local coal pit. Have won a prestigious MOBO award (Music Of Black Origin), category - Best UK Newcomers.
A surprised MOBO audience watched as 30 burly Welsh Miners took to stage, dressed in black tie to receive their award. Dafydd Williams choir conductor and non English speaker, gave a short acceptance speech which nobody really understood, 'Mae fy hofrenfad yn llawn o lyswennod', adding 'Bydd y dyn/dynes ma yn talu am popeth'.
Afterwards MOBO representative Oranjello Brown said, 'It's absolutely fantastic this new kind of boy band has evolved in the UK. I came upon them quite by accident during the summer'.
Oranjello then proceeded to tell the story, 'I was traveling through England's rural County of Wales. Took a wrong turn and found this small ghetto where the male inhabitants lived underground. As I approached I could see these little black faces looking at me and they were singing. Beautiful singing it was like nothing I'd heard before. I tried speaking to a few of them, but several couldn't speak English. They sounded like Pakistanis to me, until one black fellow came forward and he could speak a kind of Pigin English. The rest they say is history'.
Rhys Davis, English speaker said, 'It's brilliant to get some credit for what we do'. Adding, 'none of us knew what a MOBO was at first, when it was explained to us, we definitely didn't know why we were here. Welsh choirs have absolutely no black heritage to it as far as we know, but I guess the organisers are forced to be politically correct these days. And be more inclusive than exclusive'.
The award will stand pride of place in a cabinet in Rhosgoch's working man's club.