, the much-loved theme song from Civilization IV, has won a Grammy
- making it the first piece written for a video game ever to get the nod.
As Civ aficionados know well, Baba Yetu
- the majestic opening theme from the 2005 game Civilization IV - is an arrangement of the Lord's Prayer in Kiswahili. Composed by Christopher Tin
, it was originally recorded by the Stanford Talisman
, an a capella group at Stanford University that Tin himself once conducted.
Tonight - six years after Civ IV was released - Baba Yetu came up a winner at the 53rd Grammy Awards
, for "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)," for a remarkable new orchestration on Tin's 2009 album, Calling all Dawns
(itself a winner). For all the entrenched popular love of video game music - from Super Mario
to Angry Birds
- it's the first time game music has won a Grammy.
But if you think you know Baba Yetu, think again: Tin's new orchestration, first performed for PBS' "Video Games Live" at the Hollywood Bowl, is (as posted above the fold) something to behold
(See also: The new official video
, sung by a Soweto choir. A spotty but intriguing
recording - apparently from the bell section - of Tin conducting a live performance. And - previously
- watch out for that prick, Montezuma