A group of musicians, including Super Furry Animals singer Gruff Rhys, have released a song to raise money for the food crisis in Yemen.
Cardiff producer Chris Jenkins is responsible for Ni’s “Places” song, which also includes performances by Y Dail’s Huw Griffiths and Elin Griffiths.
The Single is calling on everyone to take action now, with funds transferred to Islamic Relief, which coordinates life-saving food aid in response to the world’s largest man-made food security crisis.
More than five years of conflict in the Republic of Yemen have left millions homeless, suffering and starving. According to the Islamic Relief Organization, more than two million children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition. It is estimated that more than three-quarters of the country’s population needs humanitarian aid.
“Refugie” was designed to raise awareness of the situation in Yemen “while much of the world’s media has focused on the war wreaking havoc in Ukraine.”
Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon Gruff Rhys handled the lyrics and vocals, while Kris Jenkins wrote the melody.
“No way out”
The song was recorded by Chris Jenkins last year as part of a larger album project, but the lyrics seem relevant enough to be released now, especially given the media reaction to the conflict in Ukraine.
Chris Jenkins explained that “what is happening in Ukraine is horrible, it is impossible to avoid.” “But this has been happening in Yemen for years and is almost never mentioned here. I have a Yemeni family and Cardiff has had a Yemeni community for almost 200 years: the first mosque was built in Buttown in 1860.
“By no means is it a walk of nostalgia, but it’s definitely about the present.”
Wood waste and graves
Gruff Rhys has worked with Kris Jenkins for over 20 years, beginning in 1998 when Kris Jenkins played percussion for the song “Northern Lites” by Super Furry Animals.
“Every time he gives way to experimentation,” Graf Reese said of Chris Jenkins. “Massage and gentle digging reveal what’s hidden inside you. That’s what happened with Asylum.”
“In the end, I wrote and sang something I would not have done in any other situation.
“I’ve never spoken Welsh like this before, nor had I had a chance to play much, but the atmosphere it created and the music itself have taken me away.”
A look back at some charitable singles
Of course, this isn’t the first time the Welsh singer has released a charity song.
Hands in the Sea, 1985
‘Dwylo Dros y Môr’ was released to raise money for the hungry in Ethiopia to link Band Aid’s charity album, Did They Know It’s Christmas Time? Artists such as Huw Chiswell, Geraint Griffiths, Linda Griffiths, Caryl Parry Jones and Dafydd Iwan came together to record the song. A remake of the song was released in 2020 and Elin Fflur and Owain Gruffudd Roberts brought together more than 30 artists to record it.
Part of the proceeds went to the Cymru Coronavirus Recovery Fund as part of the Wales Community Foundation to support organizations that help those affected by Covid-19.
Maried Williams, Elader Glenn, Casey Crawford and Rhys Guinfort were sent off.
The right to life, 2015
In 2015, some of Wales ’most famous musicians came together to re-record David Evan’s songs to raise money for the #tîmIrfon campaign and the Awyr Las North Wales charity to help cancer patients in the north . The #HawliFyw campaign was inspired by the story of Bangor Ervon Williams, who died of bowel cancer in 2017.
The campaign aims to ensure that cetuximab, which is used to treat bowel cancer, is available in Wales after Ervon chose treatment in England. Courtesy of Health Board Betsi Cadwaladr.
You sent an angel in 2011
In 2011, Bryn Terfel launched a version of Amfonaf Angel to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Welsh Air Ambulance, with the proceeds going to charity.
Come Together, 2005
In 2005, several artists came together to re-record classics by Edward H. Davis and funded the S
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This number includes appearances by artists such as Dewi Pws, Ywain Gwynedd, Ryland Teifi, Meic Stevens, Bryn Fôn and Siân James. 2020 will be great
Members of the Young Farmers Club of Wales released Rhys Guinfort’s version of “Bid Wych” as a charity song in 2020, with money earmarked for the mental health organization mindal.org.
In addition to raising money, the single aims to draw attention to the Welsh charity Mental Health.
The song features twelve members of the Welsh Federation who are on the right track with singer and TV presenter Lisa Angrad and BBC Radio Cymru.