South African film fans will get the chance to hear one of the country's best loved performers, singer-songwriter Lira, when Disney's latest animation comedy adventure, Moana, hits cinemas nationwide from Friday, 2 December.

Lira has recorded her own version of How Far I'll Go, which will feature as the first end-credit song on the South African release of the film. The single will be available for purchase from the South Africa iTunes Store from 9 December.



For the track, Lira also recorded a special music video and behind-the-scenes exploration that delves into how the track came to life.

"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," Lira said in a statement, adding: "The fact that Disney is able to incorporate and feature African voices in projects such as this is truly exciting."

Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 56th Animated Feature, is a sweeping, CG-animated feature about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people.



Multiple award-winning lyricist/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda said of the track: "This is Moana's chance to say for herself how she feels and where she belongs."

Christine Service, senior vice-president of Walt Disney Africa, said Disney was delighted that Lira had lent her distinctively beautiful voice to How Far I'll Go.

"Bringing her voice to the cinematic release of Moana adds a wonderful local dimension to this universal story of finding one's true self. We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Lira to bring this unique recording to South African families."

Source: staff reporter

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