Baba Yetu


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The theme to Civilization IV made history last night by becoming the first song written specifically for a video game to win a Grammy award. Composer Christopher Tin accepted the award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for the song "Baba Yetu" {wiki}. The lyrics are the Lord's Prayer in Swahili. Vocals are by the Soweto Gospel Choir. This video is for those who love the song and for those not familiar with it.


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Lots of top notch talent goes into video games. Shame the mainstream dont see that often enough. I was always a fan of Jeremy Soule's music for the Black Isle games and Alexei Zakharov's sounstrack to the X series space games.
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Oddly, the version of the song in the video is not quite the same as the one used in Civ IV. Compare with the one here:

Samples > Civilization IV (the first one)
http://www.tinworksmusic.com/
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No one should have to buy this awesome song! If you do a little file digging in your computer, it is easy to find! go into the main game files, and search around for a sounds folder! the file will be called main theme.
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Such a great song! As inspirational as it is to see it set to the triumphant scenes from the game, I enjoy it more as music for the Dubai Fountain in front of the Burj Khalifa in United Arab Emirates. Go check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_GQYI9brGs&hd=1
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygStcKJ2vxY

Now, how to go about convincing Bellagio in Las Vegas to put "Baba Yetu" in the song rotation for their fountain...
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