KZ Tandingan to sing Disney's first Filipino song 'Gabay'

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Disney Philippines has tapped Filipina singer KZ Tandingan to sing Disney's first Filipino language song ahead of the premiere of its upcoming movie inspired by Southeast Asian culture. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 2) — Disney Philippines has tapped Filipina singer KZ Tandingan to sing Disney's first Filipino language song ahead of the premiere of its upcoming movie inspired by Southeast Asian culture.

The song entitled "Gabay" is described as "about trust, strength and unity." It will be released on March 5 through the Spotify app, the same day the new film "Raya and The Last Dragon" will be available in some theaters and on Disney+, which is not accessible in the Philippines.

A music video will also launch through Disney Philippines' Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.

"‘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," said Disney Philippines Studio Marketing Head Allie Benedicto in a statement.

Tandingan was also quoted as saying she was 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," the singer said.

"Raya and The Last Dragon" is a new epic adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the creators of top-grossing films "Moana" and "Frozen", about a Southeast Asian-inspired princess and warrior and her journey to find the legendary last dragon Sisu, set in the fantasy world of Kumandra. Its premiere dates for local theaters have yet to be published.