News dropped earlier this week that powerhouse diva KZ Tandingan is taking part in a big way for Disney's latest animated film, Raya and The Last Dragon. She released the song, Gabay today in time for the film's release. KZ shares that Gabay is the first Disney track in Filipino. This is a huge stepping stone for Filipinos and will for sure break open more doors for representation. Make sure to listen to the song everywhere and let us know what you think below:
Raya and The Last Dragon is a film that gives us Disney's first Southeast Asian Princess. Raya means "celebration" and this film and the representation it provides is something to celebrate about.
The story takes place in the fictional realm of Kumandra. It is inspired by Southeast Asian countries' cultures and mythology. It's up to Raya and Sisu to stop the threat to her land and save the world.
MYX Global host Nico Blitz chats with Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina to talk about the film and what it means for the community. Kelly Marie Tran says it's awesome to see the positive change on having more representation in mainstream media. It's a step forward in bringing Asian American stories to the spotlight and sharing our experiences.
ABOUT Disney's Raya and The Last Dragon:
The film premiers in theaters & on Disney+ with Premier Access on March 5th. The film features a predominantly Asian American cast, including the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as the titular Raya & Awkwafina as Sisu, the titular dragon. Also part of the cast are Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Sandra Oh, Benedict Wong, Izaac Wang, Thalia Tran, and Alan Tudyk.
Cover Photo Credit: KZ Tandingan Official Facebook