Malukah and Peter Hollens Release Gorgeous Civilization IV Cover Song

Malukah and Peter Hollens Release Gorgeous Civilization IV Cover Song

Malukah and Peter Hollens have released a version Civilization IV's Baba Yetu created almost entirely with vocals.

Civilization is a franchise that countless gamers cherish for a variety of reasons. Many love the depth of gameplay it provides. Others value its challenging experience of leading a society throughout the ages of human development. Some meanwhile, as with most great games, fall in love with its music. On the whole, the Civilization titles have produced a ton of songs that fans have come to love almost as much as the games themselves.

The arguable cream of that particular crop is Baba Yetu, the Grammy winning theme song from Civilization IV. A wonderfully appropriate and atmospheric song it's been a mainstay of the Video Games Live concert series for years and, most recently, was the subject a cover version recorded by musicians Peter Hollens and Malukah. Their take on the song lasts a little over four minutes and is somewhat more minimalist than the original version composed by Christopher Tin. Not that this should be taken as a slight against the new cover which skillfully employs multiple vocal tracks and percussion to capture the grandiose scale and feeling of the orchestrated song.

Babu Yetu is, of course, just the latest piece of gaming music to be recreated by Malukah and Hollens. Malukah famously caught the attention of Skyrim fans back in 2011 with her haunting rendition of The Dragonborn Comes and has released numerous other game based music pieces in the years since. Hollens, likewise, has worked on several solo and collaborative pieces based on music from Skyrim, World of Warcraft and Portal.

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This song is one of my most favourite soundtracks. I also love Christopher Tin's work, both his latest albums are beyond amazing.

I also have got to admit while I'm not a big fan of Peter Hollens, this cover is perfect for what he does.

MY FEELS AL OF THEM.

This is one of my fav game songs and possibly my fav song in all of the Civilization series and this comes from a guy who isnt even religues. :D

I never heard the guy before but im in love with Malukah's work. :D

Veldie:
I never heard the guy before

He did some pretty awesome job on Skyrim theme with Lindsey Stirling:

Damn, haven't heard this song in a while. It's still goddamn incredible. To anyone who enjoys this, I heartily recommend checking out Christopher Tin's album "Calling All Dawns" out on Youtube. There's a lot of beautiful music on there, and each one is sung in a different language.

Baba Yetu is definitely my favourite videogame music, ever. This cover is pretty decent, I like the minimalist approach.

Civ 3 also had some really good music once you got to the modern age:


Civ 5 has been a bit of a let-down in that department. Other than Dvorak's New Wold Symphony, there's little to get excited about.

I already was in love with this song, this is yet another version I absolutely need in my collection.

Fat_Hippo:
Damn, haven't heard this song in a while. It's still goddamn incredible. To anyone who enjoys this, I heartily recommend checking out Christopher Tin's album "Calling All Dawns" out on Youtube. There's a lot of beautiful music on there, and each one is sung in a different language.

I've easily listened to that album a few dozen times, this is a personal favorite of mine.

Wait, you mean this wasnt how this song was done? I always imagined a large tribe sitting in front of a fire and singing this. to the point where i thought they just shamelesly ripped some tribal god prayer for title music. This song is also the sole reason even after 400+ hours in civilization 4 i keep the sound on.

It also reminded me of this Civilization V intro cover by Dan Bull:

Strazdas:
Wait, you mean this wasnt how this song was done? I always imagined a large tribe sitting in front of a fire and singing this. to the point where i thought they just shamelesly ripped some tribal god prayer for title music. This song is also the sole reason even after 400+ hours in civilization 4 i keep the sound on.

It also reminded me of this Civilization V intro cover by Dan Bull:

It's actually the "Our Father" sung in Swahili.

It's been taken down for copyright infringement, this stuff is just getting ridiculous now...

 

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