American singer Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas will sing the Philippine national anthem in the rematch of Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley in April, the Filipino boxer revealed Tuesday, March 5.
I am so happy that @Ashanti accepted my invitation to sing The National Anthem at my fight with @TimBradleyJr. on April 12. #PacBradley
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) March 4, 2014
Douglas reportedly has Filipino roots on her father's side, who is said to be of mixed ethnicity. The R&B singer's mother, on the other hand, is reportedly of African-American and Puerto Rican descent.
Also an actress and songwriter, Douglas rose to popularity in 2002 with her string of hits "What's Luv?", "Foolish," and "Always On Time." She has so far released five studio albums, including the 2004 Grammy winner "Chapter II."
Douglas, in comparison to previous singers who performed "Lupang Hinirang" at a Pacquiao fight, is a more experienced recording artist. She will follow the likes of Jessica Sanchez, Ramielle Malubay, and Kirby Asunto -- singers with Filipino roots who were just starting out in the music scene when they were handpicked by Pacquiao.
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