Benga Biography

Benga (born Adegbenga Adejumo, 28 November 1986) is a dubstep music producer from Croydon, south London, although he was born in east London. As a boy he used to hang out at the Big Apple record shop in Croydon and make his own tunes at home on his Playstation. The tunes caught the attention of dubstep producer Hatcha, who worked at the shop, and by the age of 15 Benga had made his first record, "Skank", released on Big Apple's own record label. He was also one of the first dubstep producers when the style was emerging in the early 2000s. He has been featured on a variety of compilations including Mary Anne Hobbs's Warrior Dubz, Tempa's The Roots of Dubstep and the BBC Radio 1Xtra anniversary mix. Benga is also noted for using acoustic drums on some songs, including "Live Drums" and "Evolution".

In 2007 Benga, along with fellow producers Skream and Artwork, formed the dubstep supergroup Magnetic Man.

Benga released the cross-over anthem "Night" with DMZ's Coki in early 2008, followed by his second album, Diary of an Afro Warrior, both on Tempa. Resident Advisor described it as "one of the most anticipated LPs in dubstep yet."

From January 2011, Benga joined BBC Radio 1 with Skream as part of 'In New DJ's We Trust' and now they present a weekly show on Friday nights. Skream and Benga performed together at Field Day music festival in Sydney, Australia on New Years Day 2012.

Benga was caught up in an online storm in July of 2012 after reportedly saying he wished to remove himself from dubstep, insisting that he didn't want to be a part of the genre anymore. He went on to clarify his comments saying "For me to remain creative, I’ve kinda not got to call my music dubstep and for me to keep pushing boundaries and moving around, making songs... I can’t call myself dubstep."
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