We’re a few days removed now from Angel City Chorale’s Golden Buzzer performance on America’s Got Talent. Yet, we only just figured out now where we’d heard the song they performed before. During the performance, the song rolled around in the back of our head.
Now, we know exactly where this song came from. It is entitled “Baba Yetu,” and it is actually the theme from the popular game Civilization IV game. This may be the only time that a song from a video game has ever been performed on America’s Got Talent, and this song has actually got a Grammy win under its belt already.
As it turns out, the choir actually has quite a history of performing this song — they did so previously in a Cadogan Hall performance in 2016 with the song’s own composer in Christopher Tin directing! You can see a video of that below. It’s a pretty cool bit of visual proof that the group has a rather deep connection to the song and it could actually be a little bit of a good-luck charm.
Another interesting theory that we have here is that Olivia Munn, who was the guest judge for this episode and pressed the Golden Buzzer, may have a history with “Baba Yetu” — her time with G4 links her to computers and gaming, and Civilization IV first came out in 2005, one year before she joined the network. It seems unlikely that she made any sort of connection in the moment, but it’s still a rather cool coincidence to think about. Personally, we like it when we can draw all of these little connections between acts, what they perform, and then also the judges.
The next America’s Got Talent Judge Cuts episode is set to air on Tuesday with Martina McBride as the judge.
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