Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday Music spot: Christopher Tin's "Baba Yeto" with film scenes

Christopher Tin's "Baba Yetu," which is a setting of the Christian Lord's prayer sung in Swahili, was composed as the theme tune for the fourth iteration of the computer strategy game "Civilisation" and won a whole raft of awards. It's one of only two game introductions in the past twenty years that I would always listen to in full after the first couple of times the game rather than cutting short.

The original game intro displayed various stylised scenes from history while this was playing: the author of this Youtube clip recreated the same effect using short video sequences from various classic films, often depicting the same or similar events.

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