Filipino singer KZ Tandingan.


Labo? Why KZ Tandingan avoids vague or ‘malabo’


DUBAI – KZ Tandingan avoids “malabo” or vague people like the plague, the award-winning singer shared with ahead of her concert in Dubai on Friday (March 22).

KZ will be the first Filipino artist to perform at the massive Dubai World Trade Centre Arena, at her first solo concert. She will be supported by artists Jay R, TJ Monterde and Rhea Basco.

The Filipina singer rose to international fame after competing in Singer 2018 competition in China where she beat US pop star Jessie J in one of the weekly rounds.


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Speaking to about the story behind her chart-topping song, Labo, KZ said the song “talks about the people who don’t really know their role in your life”.

“Sometimes they are there, sometimes they disappear,” she said in Filipino, referring to a line in the song that says “lumulubog, lumilitaw”.

“Yun yung mga type ng tao na hindi mo masyadong bibigyan ng weight sa buhay mo kasi di mo alam kung kelan sila nanjan di mo alam kung if you can really depend on them. Ganun. Kaya sya malabo (They’re the type of people whom you shouldn’t give weight in your life because you will never know when they will be around and if you can really depend on them. Just like that. That’s why it’s vague),” she said.

The song, Labo, won the Wish Urban Song of the Year award last year.

KZ said she felt “overwhelmed” by the song’s success because “it’s not the usual song you hear from a female artist”. The song is a combination of R&B, pop and rap.

“Sobrang tumaba ang puso ko na inembrace nila yun at tinanggap nila na may ibang kulay pa pala sa napakagandang rainbow ng OPM (It is heartening that they embraced the song and accepted the other colours in the beautiful OPM rainbow),” she says. ICA/Expat Media

Don’t miss it

What: KZ Tandingan Live in Dubai
When: March 22, 7:30pm
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre Arena
Tickets:, UAE Exchange and 7-Eleven
Price: Starting at Dh95


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