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Woah, SB19 And Ben&Ben's Collaboration On 'MAPA' Will Give You Goosebumps

The collab gives SB19's song a whole new feel!

SB19 and Ben&Ben are making history as the two groups dropped a new version of SB19's "MAPA" on June 27.

The inspirational ballad, which was released by SB19  in May 2021, honors every loving and hardworking parent. The release of the single was timed between Mother's Day and Father's day as a tribute to parents. 

Roslyn Pineda, Sony Music's General Manager, Philippines and Vice President, Business Development, Asia said that SB19 had an idea for a band version of "MAPA." "Ben&Ben said yes in a heartbeat, which perhaps shouldn't have come as a surprise given their 'Ma, may ___ na kami' captions on social media that make their devotion to their parents public knowledge."

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Ben&Ben said, "It was really nice because while working, we were able to share stories and experiences that brought us closer. Also, during the shoot of our video, we were encouraging each other to gain confidence and just enjoy the performance."

SB19 gave Ben&Ben permission to re-arrange the material, ensuring that it stays faithful to the creative vision of both groups, collaboratively and individually. The reimagined version of "MAPAfeatures jazzy, orchestral details, inviting harmonies, and expansive arrangements, framing the song's message of parental love with commitment to emotional sincerity.

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Ben&Ben said that all of the band members were creatively responsible for their individual parts, but the entire arrangement of the song was conceptualized by Pat and Poch. The band said, "Arrangement-wise, we wanted to make it distinct from the original, adding fun rhythms and grand sections. We felt that doing this added weight, and served to support the powerful vocal performance of both acts."

SB19's Pablo said, "The original version is more mellow, while this version gives it a rich, well-rounded, and happy feeling—put together in such as way that it makes listeners feel more uplifted when they hear the song."

Check out SB19 and Ben&Ben's collaboration shot at the historic Manila Metropolitan Theatre: