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Watch: Canadian’s emotional reaction to Yma o Hyd – ‘Epic goosebumps!’

07 Jun 2022 2 minute read
Mace Around The World’s reaction to Yma o Hyd

You don’t have to speak Welsh to get the message behind Yma o Hyd – or even be Welsh, especially when listening to 30,000 passionate football fans joining in.

As part of his latest vlog, Mace Around The World – who has 78,000 YouTube subscribers – took in Dafydd Iwan singing in front of the Red Wall for the game against Austria in April.

Although the title, and even Dafydd Iwan’s name, prompted confusion, after listening to the chorus he admitted to being “emotional” and having “epic goosebumps”.

“The crowd really joined in in that anthemic harmony altogether and the cacophony of all those voices coming together as one – ah, it’s always one of the amazing things,” the Canadian said.

“Wow, that was incredible. And you saw how emotional he was getting. And you saw like kids, five years old. They might have not known every single word but by midway through the song everybody was joining in for the chorus.

“It’s a beautiful thing of course about traditions and things being passed on. You know they work through cycles, they pass on and then they continue to endure and keep things alive, and a way for all different generations to participate.

“It’s incredible, just goosebumps-inducing. Yeah, I actually really enjoyed that a lot – it’s definitely moving.”

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2 years ago

I think he’s Canadian…. 😬

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
2 years ago
Reply to  Llefain

He sounds Canadian.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
2 years ago

I myself sometimes search YouTube regarding Americans knowledge of Wales & Welsh history to gage their opinion .And surprisingly enough have found there are some channels with really interesting videos & viewpoints aired with some uploaders having great knowledge of Wales and our ancient literature from the Mabinogi, Arthurian literature, through to Welsh myths and legends etc… An eye opener. Obviously there’s the flip side of that where we find also Americans interviewed about Wales who not only lack knowledge & awareness but can’t even find their own country of America on the map, although to be fair, I won’t… Read more »

2 years ago

North Americans seem generally well-disposed towards Cymru, and to his credit this guy finally nailed the pronunciation of the song’s title. Sunday’s result, more even than the phenomenal 2016 adventure, has put the country on the world map.

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