Did you guess it correctly? After much speculations when Disney first shared a teaser for its first Filipino track to be sung a Filipino singer, Disney’s local office in the Philippines has revealed it to be none other than Asia’s Soul Supreme, KZ Tandingan.
“Gabay” (a Filipino word that means guidance or guide) is the latest track that comes from the upcoming animated adventure film Raya and the Last Dragon. It is only appropriate to celebrate the first Southeast Asian-inspired princess and warrior in the Disney universe by handpicking a well-received Filipino artist to give her rendition of the first-ever Disney track in the Filipino language.
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About the song “Gabay”
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.
“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.”
“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,” said Tandingan. “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.”
“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 shared.
About Raya and the Last Dragon:
Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than dragon magic to save the world—it’s going to take trust as well.
From directors Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, co-directors Paul Briggs and John Ripa, producers Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho, and featuring the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as Raya and Awkwafina as Sisu.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” is coming soon to Philippine theaters.