The next time you watch The Dubai Fountain sway to the rhythm of “Baba Yetu” in rapt attention, make a mental note that you are listening to a Grammy Award winning song.
Composer Christopher Tin’s Swahili song, which also sets the theme tempo for the videogame, “Civilization IV,” won the Grammy this year for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists.
The song, from the album “Calling All Dawns,” made history for being the first video gaming music to be nominated and to win the prestigious music award.
“Calling All Dawns” also won the Best Classical Crossover Album at the Grammys.
“Baba Yetu” was arranged by Tin along with the Soweto Choir and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director, Emaar Properties, said: “Much before it caught international attention, the song featured in The Dubai Fountain, and has captivated millions of visitors ever since. We will continue to introduce cutting edge musical performances that add to the marvellous experience that the world’s tallest performing fountain assures in Downtown Dubai.”
Nestled at the foot of the towering Burj Khalifa, other songs performed by The Dubai Fountain include “Sama Dubai,” a tribute to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and another Emirati composition, “Insh Al Aldar”, associated with festive solidarity and dancing, reflecting the UAE’s cultural traditions.
At over 900 ft (275 metres) in length, The Dubai Fountain has been designed by Californian based WET, also the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.