Boy Azooga bring home the gold: The Cardiff natives are this year’s Welsh Music Prize winners.

Facing stiff competition by the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Astroid Boys and previous prize recipients Gruff Rhys, Boy Azooga‘s debut album 1, 2, Kung Fu! was chosen as the Welsh Music Prize winner for 2018.

The prestigious ceremony was held at The Exchange Hotel, Cardiff Bay on Wednesday 7th November, where a panel of industry experts chose from a shortlist of twelve albums, representing the scope of modern Welsh music.

Upon receiving the award, frontman Davey Newington exclaimed: “It feels amazing to be recognised along with the all the other amazing artists who have won this prize. Thank you!”

Previous prize winners include Gruff Rhys (2011), Future of the Left (2012), Georgia Ruth (2013), Joanna Gruesome (2014), Gwenno (2015), Meilyr Jones (2016) and the Gentle Good (2017).

“Welsh Music Prize is a major asset for the Welsh music scene,” explains Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts Wales, British Council. “Wins and nominations give artists a platform which aids with the recognition and export of Welsh music internationally, showcasing Welsh talent and reaching new audiences around the world.”

Also on the evening, the legendary Meic Stevens – often dubbed “the Welsh Bob Dylan” – was honoured with an award for his contribution to Welsh music, marking him as the first recipient of the inaugural Welsh Music Inspiration Award.