Yws Gwynedd, composer of “Perta” has revealed the story behind the song that will represent Wales for the first time at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Yws Gwynedd has sat down with Cambrian News and revealed the story behind the song that will be representing Wales on their debut in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Yws is the front man of Yws Gwynedd an indie rock band from North Wales that has been performing since 2014. He revealed that he was not the first person to be asked to write the Welsh entry, but that S4C had been let down by someone else before he was asked.
“Perta” was not specifically written for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with Yws having already written the chorus before he was asked. The inspiration of the song is his daughter Berta, with the song being about the way children see how adults look after the plant, he explained;
I remember thinking that when I was a child, older people thought about the future of our planet in a very different way to me.
One of the biggest problems facing our planet today is the amount of plastic in the sea and it isn’t fair that we are doing this to the world and leaving our children to clear up the mess we have made.
I went on to think about how a young person would put this into words and looked back at how I felt as a child.
While the song may not have the most complex Welsh lyrics according to Yws, he wanted to write a Welsh language song that could be understood by a child from Azerbaijan. He hopes that the song is repetitive enough for a child to start singing along and humming it.
For Yws winning Junior Eurovision isn’t the aim, instead just having Welsh heard by an international audience. Whether Manw wins or scores a single point, Yws says he will be proud of Wales.
Who is Manw?
Manw Lili Robin was born in 2005 in Rhosgadfan, Wales. Active in the singing industry since 2014, Manw is no stranger to competitions, having performed at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and Urdd National Eisteddfod on numerous occasions. In 2014, she was featured in the Welsh version of the film “The Secret of Kells”, where she played the part of Awen. The young singer currently attends Ysgol Glanaethwy, a drama school in Bangor.
Source: Cambrian News