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Ayda Jebat sings 'Moana' theme song in Malay

Listen to the Malaysian singer's rendition of 'How Far I'll Go'

By Andrea Tim | Published: 9 Nov 2016

Ayda sings for Moana
Photo: Walt Disney Studios Malaysia

Malaysian singer Ayda Jebat has been given the honour of singing the Malay version of the theme song for upcoming Disney animated film Moana.

How Far I'll Go is sung in the film by Hawaii native Auli'i Cravalho, who voices the Polynesian princess, while the official pop version of the song was performed by Alessia Cara. Ayda's version, Bawaku Berkelana (it means 'take me wandering'), debuted on Walt Disney Studios Malaysia's Facebook page this morning.

"It has got to be the most difficult song I've (ever) had to perform. Besides the high notes, I had to put in a lot of emotions when singing it," Ayda, 24, told The New Straits Times Online during the Moana press conference at Singapore's Sands Expo and Convention Centre yesterday. "It was definitely a great experience, and I had a lot of fun. At the same time, working with Disney provides me a great platform to connect with younger fans, especially those who are into Disney movies."

Other Southeast Asian singers joined Ayda at the press conference, which Auli'i attended. The singers included Janella Salvador from the Philippines, Maudy Ayunda from Indonesia, Myra Maneepat Moiloy from Thailand and Minh Nhu from Vietnam. Janella sang the song in English, while the rest sang in their native languages.

Moana, which also features the voice of Dwayne Johnson and Nicole Scherzinger, hits cinemas on 1 December 2016.

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