The first example of Drill music in the Welsh language has gone viral, with a strong anti-racism message reaching hundreds of thousands of viewers online.
Toda Ogunbanwo who grew up in Penygroes, Gwynedd said the music was an attempt to give meaning to his upbringing.
He releases a music video of one of his English tracks, Sage Mode, at 5 p.m. today.
But in the meantime, a Welsh-language song posted on Twitter has also gone viral with more than 185,000 listeners, and he has promised more in the coming weeks.
Reacting to the attention on social media, he said the response had been “crazy”.
“Thank you all for showing love on my post Welsh Drillhe said. “Didn’t think it would blow like this…Trust me, I’m working on releasing the full song soon, so stay tuned!”
— Sage Todz (@SageTodz) March 8, 2022
Toda Ogunbanwo, who performs as Sage Todz, said music was a “healthy” way to deal with his feelings towards racism encountered during his upbringing.
In June 2020, the family’s home was defaced with a swastika in an act condemned by area politicians, and the police were called.
In one Interview in Welsh with BBC Cymru Fyw he said: ‘It was disgusting that someone was trying to scare us like that.
“It was the feather that broke the camel’s back. I’ve had worse and much more personal things happen to me until now.
“Throughout my childhood, I faced challenges and struggles. I have experienced things that are not pleasant for a child to have to deal with.
He said the response to his video posted on Twitter showed there was a demand for Welsh-language drill music and he would try to produce more in the coming weeks.
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