It's time to do another fun countdown, I think. This is a countdown of contemporary music associated with Welsh artists. I loved my 15 years living and working in Wales, during which time I became pretty well naturalized!
The Welsh National Anthem is the coolest national anthem in the world, especially when sung by thousands of people at Cardiff's Millenium Stadium. Will you rise to your feet and join in with me? The lyrics, in Welsh (Cymraeg) with English translation are below the video.
Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi,
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion, enwogion o fri;
Ei gwrol ryfelwyr, gwladgarwyr tra mad,
Dros ryddid collasant eu gwaed.
(Cytgan – Chorus)
- Gwlad, gwlad, pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad.
- Tra môr yn fur i'r bur hoff bau,
- O bydded i'r hen iaith barhau.
The land of my fathers is dear to me,
Old land where the minstrels are honoured and free;
Its warring defenders so gallant and brave,
For freedom their life's blood they gave.
- Home, home, true am I to home,
- While seas secure the land so pure,
- O may the old language endure.