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KZ Tandingan makes history, sings âGabayâ in Disneyâs âRaya and the Last Dragonâ

KZ Tandingan makes history, sings ‘Gabay’ in Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) - March 2, 2021 - 5:00pm

MANILA, Philippines — Kapamilya singer KZ Tandingan secured her seat in history as the first Filipina to sing a Filipino language song in the upcoming animation movie “Raya and the Last Dragon.”

In a statement sent to Philstar.com, KZ said she’s grateful to sing the local language for an international animation movie.

“I am 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,” KZ said.

“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.

To celebrate the introduction of Disney’s Southeast Asian-inspired princess and warrior, Disney announced that the film will feature the first-ever Disney track in Filipino titled “Gabay.”   

"’Raya and the Last Dragon’ is inspired by various Southeast Asian cultures and, as such, we found it fitting to launch ‘Gabay’ as a way for us to celebrate the film and connect with our Filipino fans," said Allie Benedicto, Studio Marketing Head of Disney Philippines.

"‘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,” Allie added.

“Gabay” is a song about trust, strength and unity, which KZ found inspiring when she read the lyrics for the first time.

“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,” she said.

“Gabay” drops on Spotify on March 5.

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.

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.

RELATED: Disney announces first ever Filipino language song for 'Raya and the Last Dragon'

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