For the first time ever a music track from a videogame receives a Grammy Award! To the few who live under a rock, these awards recognize an outstanding achievement in the music industry. Is it ironic or sad that it took nearly six years since the games manifestation? Who cares! This is a milestone for video game soundtracks everywhere. Christopher Tin’s “Baba Yetu”, the hit Civilization IV theme, picked up the award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) award. In simpler words…best background music with vocalists.
Upon receiving the award Tin had this to say. “The fact that this song has had a life outside of the game is owed almost entirely to Video Games Live. They were the first to bring this music to concert stages around the world and to places I had never dreamed possible”. We should be extremely proud of Mr. Tin not just as gamers but as individual people for his ability to cross “Baba Yeu” between mainstream music and games. Check the official music video for the award winning track after the break.
Dare I say that this music is both festive and inspiring? The track certainly deserves the recognition it has gained and seems to evoke further emotion upon each playback. If you love the track, as much as I do, then by all means purchase the song…legally of course. Looking back on the history of music within games, “Baba Yetu” seems like the perfect song to represent all of video games for a Grammy.
On a side-note…does anyone else think that the music to Avatar was influenced by this track?