Yma o Hyd Wins Wales Folk Award

Dafydd Iwan performs Yma o Hyd prior to the 2022 FIFA World Cup play-off final between Wales & Ukraine at the Cardiff City Stadium on the 5th of June 2022

Yma o Hyd, Cymru’s official anthem for Cymru’s 2022 FIFA World Cup, has won a Wales Folk Award for Best Original Welsh Language.

The song, by Dafydd Iwan and Ar Log, was originally released in 1983 and was remastered last year with the voices of over 70,000 Red Wall members recorded during the World Cup play-off matches. The track also features the voices of the Cymru squad singing the emotionally charged song in their post-match celebrations with Dafydd Iwan on the pitch following their 1-0 victory over Ukraine

The song’s title translates to ‘We’re Still Here’ and celebrates Welsh as one of the oldest living languages in the world, as a passionate song of defiance about the survival of the language against all the odds.

The Wales Folk Awards celebrate and promote the music of Wales at its highest level. The public were invited to send in their nominations for ten categories ranging from Best Group to Best Emerging Act. Any Welsh folk track/act/performance/album released between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2022 qualified for a nomination.

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