Benga (born Adegbenga Adejumo, 28 November 1986) is a British musician from Croydon, known for being the pioneer of dubstep record production. As a teenager he used to hang out at the Big Apple record shop in Croydon and make his own tunes at home on Sega Mega Drive. 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 was also noted for using acoustic drums on some songs, including "Live Drums" and "Evolution", and he also used vocoded vocals in "High Speed".
Skream and Benga in your ears on Radio 1
Skream and Benga are on BBC Radio 1 with bass, beats and banter every Friday night at 11pm. Expect bass and dubstep, garage shout outs, classic tracks in a History of Bass in 100 Tracks, and Slammers and Bangers.
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