Ben Onono's story has Lagos; Manchester; New York, Paris; London and Rio de Janiero as its backdrop and a soundtrack that will break your heart. Born in Cardiff but raised in West Africa, Ben Onono's sound is a wonderfully fresh perspective on world music. If you haven't heard of Ben, you've almost certainly have heard his work; he co-wrote 'It Just Won't Do' with DJ Tim Deluxe a song which became one of the biggest dance tracks of the year and which was nominated for an Ivor Novello award for songwriting. His lounge classic 'Tattoo Blue' was included on the 'Best of Cafe Del Mar' compilation and named tune of the week on Radio 1's Oneworld show. Ben has written for artists as diverse as Cicada, Bob Sinclar, Fatboy Slim and Natalie Imbruglia, and his dance tracks have been championed on both sides of the Atlantic by DJs from Pete Tong to Joe Claussel. Some foresight for you. Trained as a concert pianist, Ben Onono's forthcoming debut album has taken him back to his roots. It's a record bursting with blissed-out acoustic songs and subtle traces of electronica a brave step that crosses genres, continents and breaks boundaries. It drops in the early part of next year.
Double CD released December 3rd. Thirty tracks follow the intrepid bikers on their journey south from John O'Groats to South Africa.
Find out more about the artists whose music was specially chosen to feature on the Long Way Down television series, DVD and CD. Read the background to the musicians and buy digital downloads of tracks heard on the series.
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