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Watch: The amazing video for official Cymru World Cup song

07 Nov 2022 3 minute read
Yma o Hyd – out now (Credit: FAW)

The stunning video for the official Cymru World Cup song ‘Yma o Hyd’ has been released – and it’s a powerful, soul-stirring epic that documents the struggles of Welsh football and Wales through the decades.

Dafydd Iwan’s iconic song has been remastered from its original tapes, elements re-recorded and dramatically mixed with the voices of The Red Wall as the official anthem for Cymru’s appearance at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Hidden microphones inside Cardiff City Stadium during the two FIFA World Cup Play-Off matches recorded over 70,000 voices of The Red Wall singing ‘Yma o Hyd’ along with Dafydd Iwan as Cymru created history by qualifying for their first World Cup since 1958.

The song 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 that was secured by Gareth Bale’s free kick.

‘Yma o Hyd’ was originally recorded by Dafydd Iwan and Ar Log in 1983 as a passionate song of defiance about the survival of the Welsh language against all the odds. The song’s title translates to ‘We’re Still Here’ and celebrates Welsh as one of the oldest living languages in the world.

The song has become synonymous with the recent success of the Cymru National Teams and Dafydd Iwan has spent time with both the men’s and women’s squads to explain the cultural importance of the song.

“Yma o Hyd has become a national slogan and now the song which gave meaning to it is the official anthem of the Cymru National Team for the World Cup,” commented Dafydd Iwan about the remastered version of his anthem.

“It’s an impossible dream come true and the incredible sound of The Red Wall on this track is exciting and inspiring to hear. This version of Yma o Hyd forever documents a marvellous moment in Welsh history, with all those wonderful voices helping Cymru reach the World Cup with their passion.

“No other nation will have anything like this to inspire their team on the grandest stage of them all. So c’mon Cymru, let us tell the world that we are here.”

Yma o Hyd is out now on Sain Records and is available to stream and download across all major platforms.

A week after the digital release a limited-edition CD will also be available to order (retail price £2.99) through www.sainwales.com, which will also feature the Red Wall rendering of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau, all profits being invested directly into grassroots facilities across Wales.


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Steve George
Steve George
28 days ago

Gwefreiddiol!!

Maglocunos
Maglocunos
28 days ago

Gwsbymps! Gwych, yn arbennig o weld y clipiau o Gymdeithas yr Iaith, Gwynfor a streic y glowyr. Gwronaid y genedl, sydd yma o hyd!

Llefain
Llefain
28 days ago

Reflective and mournful, but also stirring and triumphant.
Really captured so much of both our wounds and our wins over the few short decades of one man’s memory.
Got us going into this historic “battle” bawling our eyes out. Quintessentially Cymru.
Diolch FACymru ❤😭

Geraint Rees
Geraint Rees
28 days ago

Awesome. Diolch

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
26 days ago

This splendid and stirring vid has already met with condemnation in the comments section of MSN UK news from residents of a certain country in close proximity to Cymru, and doubtless on other online news outlets, along the lines of “The nationalists have taken over the FAW”. Well, they can suck it up. I doubt we’ll be seeing much of it on BBC telly, anyway.

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