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Diary of An Afro Warrior [CD]

Benga Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (10 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Tempa
  • ASIN: B0012U345K
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,913 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Zero M2Benga 3:530.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Night (Original)Benga & Coki 5:560.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. B4 The DualBenga 5:290.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. E TripsBenga 4:390.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Someone 20Benga 4:160.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Light BulbBenga 4:190.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Crunked UpBenga 3:390.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Go Tell ThemBenga 4:060.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The CutBenga 4:460.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. EmotionsBenga 5:320.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. 3 MinutesBenga 2:530.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. PleasureBenga 5:140.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. 26 BasslinesBenga 5:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Loose SynthsBenga 4:080.69  Buy MP3 

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Diary Of An Afro Warrior is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. If Burial's `Untrue' dominated 2007's end of year critics charts then it's odds on `Diary Of An Afro Warrior' will do the same in 2008.

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Benga is a dubstep music producer from Coulsdon,UK and he is part of the Big Apple Records label. He has been described as an important name in the development of the Dubstep style for his fusion of the already existing South London dubstep sound with the newer East London born grime sound, and 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 Hobbss The Warrior Dubz, Tempas The Roots of Dubstep and the BBC 1Xtra anniversary mix. Benga released the cross-over anthem Night with DMZs Coki in early 2008, followed by his second album, Diary of an Afro Warrior.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and ground-breaking 7 April 2008
By David Johnson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Artists generally hate having their work buttonholed into media invented genres. Portishead hated the term "trip-hop" for the ground-breaking debut Dummy. So hear comes Benga, music press appointed flag -bearer for what is being referred to as "Dub-step." Call it what you like - it's brilliant.
The beats sound as clear as a whistle - structured and methodical, German sounding in precision and execution. But there is variety - like the soft intro on B4 the duel. Devastating rapier-like drums and crunchy base come in behind. It all adds up to a very interesting listen. Yes it's urban - tracks like Night and 26 basslines were made for the dance floor, but this record isn't at all cavalier. It wanders off in places you never expected to go - Someone 20 drifts you off into space, down a tunnel, marrying you into a celestial sound-scape. The effects across the record are so clever and original - is that a hand-clap on Crunked UP? Another favourite of mine is the neurotic, skipping beat of Emotions.
Should bring "Dub Step" out of the underground and to the masses.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 3 Oct 2008
By Han
Format:Audio CD
love this album. have it on repeat loads. zero m2, the first track is amazing a stand out for me. buy this if you love dubstep/bass its gotta be a must have
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great example of the genre. As far as I know. 10 May 2008
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Like many people of my age, I've always tended to associate this style of music with the sound that you hear from the open window of a badly customised Peugot 206 being driven by some slack-jawed yokel in a baseball cap round a suburban town centre: It wasn't until the Burial album of last year that I started to take a deeper interest in it.

Whilst my dancing days are long past, I can appreciate a good album when I hear one. 'Diary' immaculately crafted and executed, with precision dancebeats textured with squelchy early 90s rave synth, spoken word and brass samples. It sounds especially good in a car at night. It doesn't have the crossover appeal of the Burial album - lacking that album's air of early morning melancholy that made it appeal to elderly punters like myself - but any real music lover will find this a rewarding listen.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listenable and Danceable! 4 April 2008
By Alan Moore VINE VOICE
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This is the first I've heard of the genre they call 'dubstep.' I really had no idea what to expect. This album mixes the slower, Moving Shadow style of drum and bass, the Miami/Baltimore bass scene, and minimalist techno such as Plastikman/Richie Hawtin, into a new, yet not entirely unfamiliar, style.

At low volume, this disc is really quite ambient. At higher volumes, it's eminently danceable. Benga is an extremely talented producer, making the music appear skeletal on first listen, yet revealing hidden details on repeat.

The tempo remains around 140bpm the whole way through (the rate of the human heartbeat) and makes the music both exhilarating and relaxing simultaneously, as it remains in sync with your body as you listen.

An excellent album which sounds great at high volume in a car, and also makes a good background to work to. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves more credit 22 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
Few years ago i was sitting round a mates house when he started busting this out of the blue........instantly i liked it even though i hadn't really heard of dubstep that much.
So brought the album and it became one of my favorite of all time......once i'd rinsed it to death i began the search for more dubstep but in my mind nearly everyone elses version of dubstep seemed to be brainless tack for teenagers. Loads of danny dyer dialogue in the back ground and other rubbish ideas.............3 years later and dubsteps really starting to dominate the charts but not one of these so called producers has got the subtlety or class that benga has. Ok there's been a few stand out songs and i like skreams 1st album but thats about it.........if your only real experience of dubstep happens to be what your hearing in the charts at the moment dont let that put you off coz trust me this guy makes them look like the amateur producers they really are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's good! 12 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
I came to this album with little interest, or exposure to Dubstep, although I knew the sound. This sounds a bit more raw than what I was expecting - as some have pointed out, good material to be mixed at a club. But I find this good music for home actually - it's minimal and interesting, but not much melody. Suits me perfect when I want to chill - but not be sent to sleep. I dislike 'chill out music' in general, so I'm weary of associating it with that. I just mean it's not going to dominate your ears with a catchy melody. This album is about the good beats. It's got nice sparse production though you definitely need to have a volume up and a good stereo to really appreciate that. And at times I wanted more oomph.

I like the album as a whole, as opposed to the individual tracks - the notable exception being 'Pleasure' which is a CHOOOON! I get why a person might see it as a bit dull, or samey. I think that's something to be overcome through further listening. And of course, maybe it's not everyone's cup of tea. As I say, I'm not a massive dubstep fan, nor do I need Dub to breathe. I'm not an expert in this genre at all - but I like pretty much all styles of music where quality is evident. This is a good album in my book. It doesn't rock my world though.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Did not give it a chance
I am sorry to say that I only managed to listen to this album twice before I deleted from my iPod. I was expecting something memorable but every track left me cold. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2008 by S. Greig
3.0 out of 5 stars Not going to ring down the years as a classic, but fine enough for now
Being in my 40s I am probably not best equipped to review this album, but here goes anyway. I thought it provided nice background listening but didn't bear any close scrutiny. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2008 by doublegone
3.0 out of 5 stars Very well produced but no melody... not my cup of tea.
Disclaimer: Let me say first that this is my first record on this type of music, and probably one of the very few in the future. Read more
Published on 18 May 2008 by David Calcano
4.0 out of 5 stars Dubstep gets its breakthrough sound
I am not a great fan of dubstep, but occassionally you get artists who climb above the limitations of their genre to take their sound to a wider audience like Roni Size for drum... Read more
Published on 18 April 2008 by Mr. G. Carroll
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok But...
I have to confess, this isn't my usual listening, so maybe its unfair me passing comment however I'll pitch in with my views anyway! Read more
Published on 18 April 2008 by S. Lacey
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must...
This album is great to unwind too, I have bought albums of similar styles before (as well as had frrebies from a friend that produced similar music before too), this stands out... Read more
Published on 13 April 2008 by M. Price
3.0 out of 5 stars Different...but not astounding
At first I really enjoyed this CD. It was catchy and heavy and got me moving. But after about four tracks...well....repetitive comes to mind. Read more
Published on 13 April 2008 by M. R. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice packaging...
The packaging draws you in, a nice black cd and black case which provide promise. However, the music should really be in a DJ's pocket as this is not for playing at home. Read more
Published on 9 April 2008 by Adamski
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