Wednesday, May 7, 2008

'Kung Fu Panda' OST to be Performed by SAM CONCEPCION

Fifteen-year-old pop star and theater actor Sam Concepcion will be collaborating with Dreamworks and United International Pictures to sing the theme song of their newest animated comedy, Kung Fu Panda. This makes Sam the first Filipino to work with Dreamworks for this project.

"Sam Concepcion has been chosen to sing the theme song 'Kung Fu Fighting' for the Philippine release of the Dreamworks-United International Pictures Kung Fu Panda. It will be screened in the Philippines this June.

"Dito sa Pilipinas, yung particular track na iyon na papatugtugin sa credits, sa Sam ang kakanta. In addition to that, may kasama pa siyang music video, which will be directed by Marie Jamora," explains Oliver Oliveros, Senior Public Relations Officer/Consultant of STAGES.

"They had several artists in mind before tapos si Sam ang nakakuha ng part. For the region, iba-ibang artists ang kakanta ng 'Kung Fu Fighting,' which was originally released in 1974. Sam was asked to audition to make sure that Sam fits the role. His song will be used for the promo here in the Philippines."

Ceelo Green, an America hiphop/R&B artist, sings the theme song for the original U.S. Kung Fu Panda soundtrack. Korean pop icon Rain, best remembered by Filipino audiences in his drama series Full House, will also record the same song in his native language.

Kung Fu Panda is about Po the Panda (voiced by comedian Jack Black), a waiter in a noodle restaurant who is a kung-fu fanatic. The panda is considered as the laziest animal in ancient China's Valley of Peace. But through a sudden twist of fate, he is named as the "Chosen One" who must battle evil warrior Tai Lung (voiced by Ian McShane) who escapes from prison and threatens their way of life.

A kung-fu master named Shifu (voiced by Dustin Hoffman) helps Po the Panda by training him along with the legendary Furious Five. They include Master Monkey (voiced by Jackie Chan), Master Tigress (voiced by Angelina Jolie), Master Viper (voiced by Lucy Liu), Master Crane (voiced by David Cross), and Master Mantis (voiced by Seth Rogen).

Watch for Sam's new video for "Kung Fu Fighting" and the animated comedy Kung Fu Panda when it hits theaters this June.

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