Dubstep started off as an experimental genre of electronic dance music. Towards the late 1990s it became popular in the underground music scene but quickly at the turn of the millennium. In the early 2000s dubstep music had started gaining mainstream popularity. Hailing from South London (the birthplace of dubstep music), Benga has been one of the pioneers of this genre. The first Benga dubstep album ‘Newstep’ was released in 2006 although the first Benga dubstep song ‘Skank’ had been recorded and released in 2001 on Big Apple.
Adegbenga Adejumo, popularly known as Benga, was born in East London in 1986. His frequent visits to the Big Apple record shop at Croydon in South London introduced and inspired him to dubstep music. Benga dubstep songs have been especially pioneering in the genre since despite the electronic arrangements that is commonly associated with this type of music, Benga often uses acoustic drums for an elevating effect.
The second Benga dubstep album quickly followed the first one and was released in 2008. ‘Diary of an Afro Warrior’ was one of the first dubstep albums to gain mainstream popularity. The album has 14 tracks and has a runtime of 63 minutes 51 seconds. ‘The Observer’ gave the Benga dubstep album a four star rating and so did ‘Allmusic’ formerly known as ‘AMG’.
Much before the release of the second Benga dubstep album, Benga’s style had been acknowledged by popular BBC Radio 1 DJ, Mary Anne Hobbs. Several songs of Benga have been compiled in Mary Anne Hobbs’ ‘Warrior Dubz’. Since the phenomenal success of his songs and being widely acknowledged as a pioneering dubstep producer, Benga has regularly hosted shows on BBC Radio 1 and has performed at several music festivals including Field Day that was held in Sydney on New Year’s Day 2012.
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