Black Welsh people

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Black Welsh people are inhabitants of Wales who have an African or an Afro-Caribbean background. Wales is home to one of the United Kingdom's oldest Afro communities, and Tiger Bay in Cardiff has housed a large Somali population from the municipality's inception. The 2011 census reported there were 18,276 Welsh African people, amounting to 0.6% of the Welsh population.[citation needed]

Some famous Welsh African people include Shirley Bassey;[1] Vaughan Gething,[2] member of the National Assembly for Wales; athlete Colin Jackson; frontman of the alternative metal band Skindred, Benji Webbe; and TV presenter Josie d'Arby.

The first recorded black person to live in North Wales, who historians have detailed knowledge of, was John Ystumllyn, a Gwynedd gardener whose origins are unrecorded.[3]


  1. ^ Artist Biography by John Bush (1937-01-08). "Shirley Bassey | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  2. ^ "Wales elections, Cardiff South and Penarth". BBC News. BBC. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  3. ^ Green, Andrew (10 October 2019). "Ystumllyn, John (d. 1786), gardener". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.013.112797.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)