Taking to Twitter last night, South African songwriter and performing artist Lira revealed that she has recorded the African version of “How Far I’ll Go” for Disney’s Moana.
The song gotten from Disney’s upcoming animation comedy adventure film Moana will feature on the South African version of the film. It will serve as the first end-credit song when Moana hits the cinemas from Friday 2 December in SA.
Also, fans will get the opportunity to purchase the single from the South Africa iTunes Store from 9 December. In addition, Lira recorded a special music video for the track followed by behind the scenes exploration. This gives an insight into how the track came to be.
Im thrilled to announce that I recorded the soundtrack and end credit song titled "How Far I'll go" for DISNEY's… https://t.co/eHTfIEt54n
— LIRA-BORN FREE album (@Miss_LIRA) November 28, 2016
Speaking about the experience, Lira said she appreciates the honour of being par of Disney;
“How Far I’ll Go beautifully encapsulates the elements of Moana that resonate with me, to break away from conformity, to be bold, go out and discover what makes you uniquely you.”
“It’s a real honour to be involved! Also, the fact that Disney is able to incorporate and feature African voices in projects such as this, is truly exciting.”
Watch Lira sing Disney’s Moana track here
During the making of the video, we got to learn a few things about Lira, one of which is that she’s a fan of Disney films. She also has a collection of some of her favourite Disney movies.
Meanwhile, Disney’s Moana dominated the Thanksgiving box office with an estimated $81.1m over the five-day weekend.
According to studio estimates, it earned $55.5m from Friday to Sunday. This is no match to the 2013 Thanksgiving release of Frozen which got $93.6m over five days. Still, Moana scored the second-highest Thanksgiving Day debut ever.