Ariba! A analysis of the genres blended on Stonebwoy’s recent collaboration with Focalistic from South Africa!
Stonebwoy, a BET award-winning Ghanaian singer, and Focalistic, a South African rapper, collaborate for the first time on Ariba, a multi-genre Amapiano-inspired party anthem.
The team creates an up-tempo ode Amapiano sound by combining their typical blend of afrobeat, dancehall, highlife, and bubbly melodic elements.
With synths, airy pads, and broad rhythmic basslines, the song is a mash-up of deep house, jazz, and lounge music.
High-pitched piano melodies, Kwaito basslines, low-tempo South African house rhythms from the 1990s and percussions from another local house subgenre known as Bacardi are all hallmarks of the genre.
The track’s upbeat tone derives from Focalistic’s unexpected weekend trip from South Africa to Ghana, which inspired the two African superstars’ current collaboration.
Both men stick to the mainframe of their catalogues: feel good outputs to score aural escapes.
The song video was shot in Stonebwoy’s home country of Ghana, at a variety of indoor locations that portray Ghana’s modern, dynamic, and frenetic “dance night culture” towards the conclusion.
The official video, directed by talented Rex, features Stonebwoy and Focalistic, as well as a happy vibe and design.