Gruff Rhys releases 'Bae Bae Bae' to celebrate Carnifal y Môr

6 August 2018

Gruff Rhys has released a brand new track today called ‘Bae Bae Bae’ that features in a unique visual installation taking place at this year National Eisteddfod in Cardiff.

The track called ‘Bae Bae Bae’ is released as part of the ‘Carnifal y Môr’ (Sea Carnival) event and was premiered on Saturday night as part of a film projected on to a huge water installation on Cardiff Bay that will be shown every night at 22.30 this week outside the Senedd building in Cardiff Bay.

‘Carnifal y Môr’ is a celebration of Cardiff’s international links as well as a celebration of how the Welsh language sits in Cardiff’s multi-cultural and multi-lingual culture and how people have travelled by sea from all quarters of the world to create the modern Cardiff. 

Gruff said “Pop music has always been dependent on coincidences, accidents and unexpected meetings of cultures. Cardiff’s tradition of being a welcoming refuge to people from all parts of the world (Snowdonia in my case!) makes it a good a place as any to create exciting and unexpected records. On ‘Bae Bae Bae’ i worked with producer Kris Jenkins in Grangetown with several musicians calling around including N’famady, a Balafon player who has been living in Cardiff for a week! It was a brand new instrument to my ears and the track would have been a sombrer affair without it.

“I also had the privilege of working with the South African producer Muzi recently and i am delighted he agreed to mix this track. This is a song of celebration but the lyrics have been mainly inspired by Megan Broadmeadow’s art and her interest in the colour and medicinal qualities of algae found in Cardiff Bay.”

There are two versions of the track -  a shorter version produced by Muzi and a longer version inspired by 12” Balearic records mixed by Kris Jenkins”

Other musicians features are N’famady Kouyaté (balafon), Catherine Morgan (trumpet), Mary-Anne Roberts (vocals) and Wonderbrass (brass).

‘Bae Bae Bae’ can be downloaded and streamed from the the usual places.

This project has received funding via the Visit Wales Tourism Product Innovation Fund (TPIF) to celebrate the Year of the Sea.