KZ Tandingan to sing ‘Gabay,’ the first-ever Filipino Disney song

Published March 2, 2021, 5:18 PM

by John Legaspi

It’s official. All hail Asia’s Soul Supreme!

KZ Tandingan (Photo from Walt Disney Facebook Page)

KZ Tandingan will sing the song “Gabay,” the first Disney song in Filipino, in celebration of the studio’s newest film “Raya and the Last Dragon.” 

Asia's Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan will be lending her remarkable voice to an all-new song titled "Gabay" from Disney's…

Posted by Walt Disney Studios on Tuesday, March 2, 2021

In the past years, many Filipino artists have officially recorded versions of movie theme songs for Disney. We’ve heard Filipino artists’ takes on Disney classics such as Janella Salvador’s “How Far I’ll Go” from the movie “Moana,” Darren Espanto and Morissette’s “A Whole New World” from the movie “Aladdin,” and much recently, Moira’s “Reflection” from the movie “Mulan.”

But with “Raya and the Last Dragon” set in a fictional world called Kumandra, which is inspired by Southeast Asian cultures, it is just fitting to have a rendition of the movie’s theme song in our local language.

Featuring the voice of Asian international stars such as Kelly Marie Tran, Akwafina, and Gemma Chan, “Raya and the Last Dragon” brings Disney’s first Southeast Asia princess, who is on a journey to find the last living dragon to that will help her to stop the Druu monsters that are threatening her land.

The movie is set to premiere on March 5, 2021 on the streaming service Disney +.