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Watch: American’s brilliant reaction to Yma o Hyd which leaves him close to tears

05 May 2023 2 minute read
The fantastic reaction from YouTuber Benny Blows to hearing Yma o Hyd for the first time

The extraordinary reach of Yma o Hyd continues unabated with a wonderful video from popular YouTuber Benny Blows.

Reaction videos are hugely popular on the global video platform – and this is amazing.

It truly is one of the best things you will watch today, or any other day for that matter,

After the song was recommended to him the YouTuber gives Yma o Hyd a spin for the first time and by the end of the video he’s close to tears and belting out the chorus passionately with a clenched fist and a great grasp of the language and pronunciation of the lyrics.

It’s wonderful to see the song being introduced to people who wouldn’t otherwise have heard our stirring Welsh folk anthem.

As the song fades out, Benny is clearly moved, starts clapping and says: “We’re gonna give it 10, then we’re gonna give it another 10 and then we’re gonna give it 10 more!”

I think we can surmise from this he clearly loves it!

The video, which contains some offensive language, can be found here or by following the link below.

Dafydd Iwan must be pinching him at the astonishing resurrection of the song and how it has made its mark on the global stage.

Last month, the folk singer and campaigner belted out Yma o Hyd as Jo Cordina regained his World Boxing title, while days before, the official anthem for Cymru’s 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign won a Wales Folk Award for Best Original Welsh Language Song, while the musician also won the Best Solo Artist accolade.

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 members of the Red Wall recorded during the World Cup play-off matches.

The track also features the voices of the players singing the emotionally charged song in their post-match celebrations with Dafydd Iwan on the pitch following their 1-0 victory over Ukraine, which sealed a place in the World Cup Finals for the first time since 1958.

Yma o Hyd was also played at the World Cup opening ceremony in Qatar as the flags and football shirts of all the competing nations were taken out onto the pitch at the Al Bayt stadium in Doha.


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J. W. Soares Jones
9 months ago

Yma o Hyd ignited my nascent Cymro when I first heard it on cwtch.com . What IS this song?? WHY does it have this effect on me?? Hairs standing up on the back of my neck, eyes moistening, spine straightening and chin raising up….and not a single lyrical Cymraeg word was understood. Call it what you will, I call it Magical.

Sandra Tugwood
Sandra Tugwood
9 months ago

He is B&E Blogs on Youtube Benny for those who want to check him out .he is a fine young man and is honest in his reactions. I thought I would let you all know his you tube ..his Name is not Billy.we call him Benny. thank you for the wonderful article.

Mark Mansfield
Admin
9 months ago
Reply to  Sandra Tugwood

Hi Sandra. Thanks for letting us know. We’ve corrected the article now. That was a brilliant video. Benny is going to have a new audience in Wales after that.

Riki
Riki
9 months ago

And yet so many Welsh (in Reality Cymro Britons) refuse to believe the real history behind the man in the Song. Macsen Wledig, the true heir to the Roman Empire and Britain. His mother was from the Silures of Glamorgan and Gwent (Morgannwg).

Simon
Simon
9 months ago
Reply to  Riki

Youtube have now decided Benny Blows video is age restricted.

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