World Cup anthem Yma o Hyd wins top music award
Yma o Hyd, the official anthem for Cymru’s 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign, has won a Wales Folk Award for Best Original Welsh Language Song.
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.
Dafydd Iwan also won the Best Solo Artist accolade.
Welsh chamber folk trio VRï won the best Best Album gong for ‘islais a genir’ at this year’s awards.
They also picked up the award for Best Instrumental Track for their song ‘Yr Ehedydd’.
Islais a genir (‘a sung whisper’) is the second album from the trio, whose acclaimed 2019 debut Tŷ Ein Tadau earned them a clutch of accolades, including Best Album and the Best Traditional Welsh Language Track at the 2019 Wales Folk Awards, a nomination at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and a nomination for the Welsh Music Prize.
Welsh supergroup and festival favourites Alaw won the Best Original English Language Song trophy for the song Fill the House and Phyllis Kinney, the American-born singer, collector and historian who is a leading authority on Welsh folk music was also honoured at this year’s event, winning a Lifetime Contribution Award.
Full list of winners:
Dafydd Iwan, Ar Log & The Red Wall ‘Yma o Hyd’ Best Original Welsh Language Song
Bwncath Best Group
Dafydd Iwan Best Solo Artist
Alaw ’Fill The House’ Best Original English Language Song
Calan Best Live Act
Mari Mathias ‘Tŷ Bach Twt / Milgi Milgi’ Best Welsh Traditional Song
Keith Floyd New Traditions Award
Cerys Hafana Best Emerging Artist/Band
VRï ‘Yr Ehedydd’ Best Instrumental Track
VRï ‘Islais a Genir’ Best Album
Phyllis Kinney Lifetime Contribution Award
Rusty Shackle wins by public votes for Wales’ Folk Favourite
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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Yes, we are still here…but unfortunately many aren’t aware of what such a song means and there are many who actively work at burying such people and history.
It certainly won an award,a perfectly respectable one at that,but I think ‘top music award’ is somewhat overstating things.