It’s happened. “Baba Yetu” by Christopher Tin has taken the 2011 Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), marking the historic first time videogame music has won a Grammy. Here’s the acceptance speech.
For anyone who’s played Civilization IV, the song will be instantly recognizable. Personally, I hear “Baba Yetu” and associate it with the ensuing hours-long time loss that occurs when one plays a Civilization title.
And, because the question is inevitably going to come up: Tin’s album containing “Baba Yetu,” Calling All Dawns, didn’t release until 2009. As such, it was within the necessary time frame to be nominated for the award, and ultimately win it.
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