Welsh folk singer Dafydd Iwan is outselling Stormzy and Lewis Capaldi in the iTunes charts as independence supporters pushed ‘Yma o Hyd’ to the number one spot.
A campaign launched by Welsh Independence supporters, Yes Cymru, has seen the Welsh language song reach number one in the iTunes UK singles chart.
The song, which was released in January 1993, was one place above Tones and I’s Dance Monkey, two above The Weekend’s Blinding Lights, three above Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now and four above Stormzy’s Own It.
The campaign was inspired by the recent success of The Wolfe Tones’ version of Come out Ye Black and Tans which hit the number one spot in the iTunes singles chart earlier this week, as reported by the Irish Mirror.
The Irish rebel song is currently sat at number 13 in the same charts.
Yma o Hyd translates to Still Here, and celebrates the survival of Wales since the Roman times.
The lyrics “Er gwaetha ‘rhen Fagi a’i chriw, Byddwn yma hyd ddiwedd amser, A bydd yr iaith Gymraeg yn fyw!” translate to “Despite old Maggie and her crew, We’ll be here until the end of time, And the Welsh language will be alive!”
Dafydd Iwan is a veteran language campaigner and former Plaid Cymru president and who protested against Prince Charles’ investiture 50 years ago.
Mr Iwan performed the song at a Yes Cymru independence march in Caernarfon in July 2019, with crowds of people joining in singing ‘Ry’n ni yma o hyd’.
It also hit the number one spot on the Amazon charts, with Yes Cymru urging supporters to download and purchase the song on all platforms
Yes Cymru supporters yesterday joined Scottish independence supporters in Glasgow for an All Under One Banner event.
Despite the rain, more than 80,000 people attended the march.