Alffa males celebrate Welsh hit on Spotify
Two teenage rock musicians from rural north Wales are celebrating after becoming the first band to pass 1 million plays with a Welsh language song on the streaming service Spotify.
Dion Jones and Sion Land, 18, were stunned when their song Gwenwyn (which means Poison) surged past the million mark. The pair, whose band is called Alffa (Welsh for Alpha), have picked up fans not only across the UK and the US but in countries such as Brazil, Mexico and Poland.
Jones and Land, who left sixth form in the summer, will reinvest the funds in the recording of an album and are hoping their success may lead to overseas tours and festivals. “It has been amazing,” said Jones, the guitarist and lead singer. “It’s really weird to think people are listening to our music all over the world. That’s a bit scary.”
The duo’s first language is Welsh. “It’s natural for us to sing in Welsh,” said Jones. “Actually, singing in English is harder. It’s good that this may help break down language barriers … it’s brilliant for the Welsh language.”
Jones and Land, a drummer, formed the band while studying together. “We were mates through music and then thought it was time to form a band. We played gigs locally, then around Wales. Now it’s really kicking off.”
The pair will not talk about the deeper meaning of the song. “There’s a story behind it but we tend to keep it to ourselves,” said Jones.