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KZ Tandingan is the Filipina singer behind Disney's first Filipino song 'Gabay' for 'Raya and the Last Dragon'


KZ Tandingan is it!

After exciting us with a teaser, Disney Philippines on Tuesday revealed having handpicked Asia's Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan to sing the first Disney Filipino song.

Titled "Gabay," the song celebrates the introduction of Disney's upcoming animated film "Raya and the Last Dragon" about a Southeast Asian-inspired princess and warrior.

The movie is influenced by various Southeast Asian cultures including Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia.

Studio Marketing Head of Disney Philippines Allie Benedicto said "Gabay, the first-ever Disney track sung in Filipino, demonstrates our commitment to work with local creative talents to tell our stories in a locally relevant manner.”

According to Disney Philippines, "Gabay" is a song about trust, strength, and unity.

 


KZ said she is "very grateful and I feel very proud to be singing in my language, and show off its beauty to the rest of the world. I am proud to be part of history."

“I grew up watching Disney movies. Finally, there is a Disney Princess who I can feel a very strong connection to, and that is Raya as the first one inspired by Southeast Asia," she added.

KZ herself found the lyrics inspiring, "I love that the song reminds us that sometimes we feel we are weak, especially when we are alone, but if we just learn to trust each other, to come together, and to unite, only then are we able to change the world."

"Gabay" is set to drop on Spotify on March 5, 2021, which news of the music video to be announced on Disney Philippines' social media pages.

From the creators of “Moana” and “Frozen,” Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces the new epic adventure “Raya and the Last Dragon,” the latest animated film inspired by the cultures of Southeast Asia.

The animated film is set in the fantasy world of Kumandra, where long ago humans and dragons lived together in harmony, Raya (voiced by Kelly Marie Tran) will take us on an exciting new adventure to track down the legendary last dragon, Sisu (voiced by Awkwafina) to restore the fractured land and unite its divided people. But along her journey, Raya will learn that it will take more than a dragon to save the world.

"Raya and the Last Dragon" is set to hit Philippine cinemas this March. — LA, GMA News

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