SB19 and Ben&Ben's first collaboration is finally here!
On 27 June, 12 AM PHT, the P-pop group and folk-pop act unveiled the band version of'MAPA'.The new take features the members of SB19 and Ben&Ben's Paolo and Miguel Guico and percussionist Toni Muñoz sharing vocal duties.
Written as a tribute to the 'What?' hitmakers' parents, SB19 leader Pablo shares: "With our mapa—our map—we will never get lost. This time sila naman ang magpapahinga. Kami naman ang magtatrabaho for them."
In a tweet, Ben&Ben write that it's an honor to work with SB19 on 'MAPA' - "a beautiful song about our parents."
"MAPA" by @SB19Official is such a beautiful song about our parents. It's an honor to have as our first collab with them, the band version of this song. It will finally be out everywhere at 12mn! #SBEN19MAPA pic.twitter.com/tUo1X5Hi40— Ben&Ben (@BenAndBenMusic) June 26, 2021
Paolo Guico also shares their experience working with the P-pop superstars in a series of tweets. "Napakalayo pa ng daang tatahakin namin bilang banda, at ang dami pang learnings at growth, pero kapag napapaligiran ka ng mga nakakainspire na grupo tulad ng SB19, patuloy lang talaga! SB19, saludo kami sa inyo."
Nung nakasama namin sila sa Ben&Ben House para sa collab, sobrang chill at kalog lang din talaga nila, kaya sobrang gaan agad nung vibe. Kwentuhan tungkol sa pamilya, mga pangarap, mga struggle, at mga kung anu-anong trip lang. (2/ pic.twitter.com/FGXW99wzIa— Ben&Ben (@BenAndBenMusic) June 28, 2021
Napakalayo pa ng daang tatahakin namin bilang banda, at ang dami pang learnings at growth, pero kapag napapaligiran ka ng mga nakakainspire na grupo tulad ng SB19, patuloy lang talaga!— Ben&Ben (@BenAndBenMusic) June 28, 2021
SB19, saludo kami sa inyo. 🔥🔥
- Paolo | @SB19Official (7/7) pic.twitter.com/2yjVchyp87
The official music video, which showcases the first performance of 'MAPA (Band Version),' was filmed at the newly-renovated Manila Metropolitan Theater and has broken over 1 million views on YouTube.
SB19 and @BenAndBenMusic - MAPA (Band Version) Official Video hits 1 MILLION VIEWS on YouTube! ✨— SB19 Official 🇵🇭 (@SB19Official) June 29, 2021
Thank you and keep streaming #SBEN19MAPA here: https://t.co/yKqxDKdJ8X#SBEN19MAPA1MViews pic.twitter.com/t8gYIDxKH2
SB19 also extend their thanks to their fans for supporting their first collaboration: "Shoutout to all who made this collaboration possible at maraming salamat din sa suporta A'TIN x Liwanag!"
Check out what went on behind-the-scenes here:
pic.twitter.com/NQ4VMENSdN— SB19 Official 🇵🇭 (@SB19Official) June 28, 2021
pic.twitter.com/KW2PQD72yP— SB19 Official 🇵🇭 (@SB19Official) June 28, 2021
Both acts are nominated at the upcoming MYX Awards 2021 with nods for major awards such as Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year.