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Old Apr 14, 2017, 05:28 AM
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Default First Grammy Winning Video Game Song: Baba Yetu (Review)

If you guys haven't heard it yet, this song really cut through the noise and became the first video game piece to win a grammy.
I put together a review for it (It's "Baba Yetu" from Civ 4) - if you haven't heard it, I think it's likely you'll be a fan by the end of it
Would love to know:
(1) Your Thoughts
(2) Is there a Video Game piece that you think should win a Grammy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdmYqdJJmLk
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Old Apr 14, 2017, 04:29 PM
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Hey there! I put a thumbs-up and a comment on the vid. This is a really cool concept. HOWEVER...

1) my thoughts. I think it is a travesty that you didn't once speak to the lyrical content. "Baba Yetu" is, through and through, an interesting cultural syncretism. The lyrics are "The Lord's Prayer" -- the words of Jesus as accounted in two of the four Gospels. In fact, you go on to talk about how simple "Baba" is. Yeah, "Baba Yetu" = Our Father, and "Baba" = Father (or "Dad") in Swahili. It's one of the first sounds children make, and it is as a result very commonly assigned to family members in different languages. So Christianity starts in the Roman Empire in the 1st Century, but through the course of time it becomes one of the major "World Religions," and even with colonialism taking Africa and then the (white) West leaving Africa, Swahili-speaking Africans are singing a 2000-year-old song whose words were apparently spoken by a Middle Eastern Jew, and held sacred by primarily white, Western Christians. *That* is all wildly significant ... and somewhat telling, that it is a celebratory piece!
2) I could pick a number of pieces from NieR and NieR Automata. For a non-lyrical vocal I'd say "Temple of Drifting Sands" from NieR. From Automata, the English "Weight of the World" by J'Nique Nicole deserves a Grammy.
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(2) Le ali del principio from Baten Kaitos II/Origins. I love that Sakuraba's wife wrote the lyrics and their daughter sang them, whose name (Mio) means "beautiful voice" in Japanese.

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2.) Palace of Dorago from Rygar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmfgyZrJCHs
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Old Apr 21, 2017, 12:39 PM
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(2) Le ali del principio from Baten Kaitos II/Origins. I love that Sakuraba's wife wrote the lyrics and their daughter sang them, whose name (Mio) means "beautiful voice" in Japanese.
I haven't listened to this song in ages. But I loved that game and OST ... and I love when Sakuraba's daughter Mio sings. She is really wonderful. <3
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