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Indonesian performers sing for Disney’s live-action ‘Mulan’ soundtrack

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, November 20, 2020  /  02:40 pm
Indonesian performers sing for Disney’s live-action ‘Mulan’ soundtrack

Indonesian singers Nadin Amizah (left), Agatha Pricilla (second left), Sivia (second right) and Yura Yunita attend the Disney ‘Mulan’ virtual press conference on Nov. 19, 2020. (Disney+ Hotstar/epost-robot)

Indonesian performers Yura Yunita, SIVIA, Agatha Pricilla and Nadin Amizah have collaborated on "Reflection", a popular song from Disney’s live-action Mulan soundtrack.

The song was first performed by Filipino actress-singer Lea Salonga in the 1998 animated version of Mulan. American star Christina Aguilera also sang her rendition of the song for the movie, which became her debut single in the same year. Aguilera introduced a new version for Mulan’s live-action adaptation in 2020.

With four singers performing in one song, Yura said that the process went smoothly as all were familiar with the song. “Perhaps it’s because we’re performers and friends, it didn’t take too long to split our singing parts,” Yura said during a press conference of Disney’s Mulan on Disney+ Hotstar on Thursday.

The 29-year-old singer also said that each stayed true to themselves in singing their parts. “Each of us has a different character, from personalities to vocal ranges. In this project, we expressed our true selves and we created a harmony that emphasized them,” she said.

Concurring with Yura, Nadin said, “We were accompanied by a vocal director who was able to accentuate who we were without being overpowering.”

Yura said that she found Aguilera’s version powerful and said she was lucky to be able to perform it alongside SIVIA, Agatha and Nadin. 

As for SIVIA, she said that it was slightly challenging to not be overly influenced by Aguilera’s version. “The way I sang had to be different from how Yura sang, though we were performing the same song. The challenge was not to use the existing ad lib,” SIVIA said.

The song's music video was recorded in the span of two days. Directed by Aditya Ahmad, the filming took place in an empty studio that was built from scratch.

“If you pay attention to the background, it features [elements from] Indonesian culture,” said Agatha.

"Reflection" by Yura, SIVIA, Agatha and Nadin is available on music streaming platforms, namely Apple Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, JOOX, Deezer and Langit Music, while the music video can be watched on the DisneyMusicAsiaVEVO channel on YouTube.

The long-awaited live-action Mulan will be available in Indonesia on streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar starting from Dec. 4 in its original and Indonesian-dubbed versions with English and Indonesian subtitles. The Indonesian-dubbed edition will feature the voices of actors Yuki Kato (Mulan), Dion Wiyoko (Honghui) and Luna Maya (Xianniang).

Disney premiered the animated version of Mulan in 1998. It centers on a brave, young woman who becomes one of the greatest warriors in China. The film was adapted into a star-studded live-action movie this year, featuring Liu Yifei as Hua Mulan, Yoson An as Honghui, Gong Li as Xiannian, Donnie Yen as Commander Tung and Jet Li as the Emperor of China.

Subscriptions to Disney+ Hotstar start from Rp 39,000 (US$2.76) per month or Rp 199,000 per year. (wng)