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"Bingiman Interview"

Have you heard of Bingiman? No? Sure Snoop is saying he is the reincarnation of Bob Marley, but this man is actually spreading Bob’s universal message. His music has been featured on one of Bob Marley’s documentaries and has stormed the UK in popularity. The one man army spreads the word of love and unity to a generation of violence and hatred. Bingiman answered a few questions for Orange Country Reverb about his rise in popularity and personal struggles to get where he is today.

OCR: Your song “Not Alright” has been featured on the soundtrack for Esther Anderson’s documentary, “Bob Marley the Making of a Legend.” What were your first reactions knowing your music would be featured on such a huge project? How has Bob Marley influenced your music?

B: When I first discovered it was going to be featured, it was a complete shock! I didn’t totally believe it at first. I thought it was probably some low budget YouTube video by some video geek. So I did my research and turns out Esther Anderson was a well known actor and film director and she was in films that I remember like “The Avengers” and “A Warm December” which she co-starred with Sidney Poitier. I managed to contact her via Facebook and she then gave me her phone number. It’s just amazing being part of a project like this, and it being a Bob Marley film makes it very special to me. Bob Marley has had a big influence on most Reggae artists and I feel honoured to be apart of his documented history.

OCR: Reggae has such a full-bodied sound and is instantly recognizable with its upbeat sound. What does your writing process consist of? Do you start with a foundational rhythm and build upon that? How do you manipulate reggae beats for songs that capture more solemn or conscious topics?

B: It depends what the situation is and how I feel that determines they way I write. I could be walking down the road or listening to the latest riddim track that my producer sent me. I’ve been at this on and off for nearly 3 decades so I also have tons of material archived which I go back to sometimes to get inspired or wake up an old idea.

OCR: Is the reggae and ska movement big in the UK?

B: Yeah reggae has a long history in the UK and goes back to Bob Marley and The Wailers. He often came to the UK to record and do business with his label. Also the last generation of West Indians based here, their parents came from the Caribbean so it was a genre of music which they could relate. The Lovers Rock genre was also created in the UK and UK artists like Sandra Cross and Janet Kay made it global. Reggae is still big in the UK and currently it has spread to nearly the whole of Europe with festivals taking place each year like the famous Rototom Festival.

OCR: A lot of people today get consumed by their career and other time consuming passions that take them away from the important things in life. You took a ten year hiatus from your music to spend time with your family. How did that break refresh you and inspire your musical conquests in 2009?

B: Well at that time in my life music kept me away from the negative things which were happening in the neighborhood where I lived. It was at a time were unemployment was high and new taxes were introduced to make things worse. So there was a lot of crime, mental illness, and even suicide. I met this girl from a different neighborhood who I fell in love with. We eventually moved out of my neighborhood to hers. I was still writing lyrics but I didn’t perform anymore, instead I got myself a full-time job, worked hard, and managed to buy my first property with my partner at the age of 22. We had two children together.

After splitting up after 15 years I moved out and decided to pick music back up but this time with a different outlook on life; a positive outlook. I felt I should use my experiences in my music to send a message to all those who are still in the situation I was in.

OCR: What is the main message you attempt to promote with your music?

B: My message is Love, Unity, Education, Ambition, and Self Pride. But not always as I didn’t want to be labeled as a preacher! But I do other types of songs also like ‘Earn dis Cash’ which I wrote because I felt I was being used by promoters and DJ’s as they wanted me to work for no pay. But all my songs have a story as I mostly write about the things that are happening in my life or around me.

OCR: You grew up in Birmingham, a multi-cultural town in England. You must have been surrounded by a variety of musical influences from numerous genres. What different sounds did you experience growing up in this environment? How did this translate in your musical career?

B: Well, as a youth, I was influenced by what my older brothers and sisters used to play and that was Reggae. In school it was Hip Hop and I used to body pop and break dance but I wasn’t that good at it at all. Pop music was also a big influence as I remember listening to the radio in the morning before going to school (there was no Morning Television in those days) so it was Duran Duran and the Pet Shop Boys. Jazz was also an influence and my brother was responsible for that. I love Miles Davis, some of his music has a Reggae-Jazz feel which I really like. But as a teenager I was very much in to the Dancehall and Sound Systems; it being my most influential genre.

OCR: What does the name Bingiman mean?

B: Bingiman has no meaning, it’s just a name I chose to represent me as an artist and that’s all.

OCR: Your third album “You Girl” is a huge hit on the UK charts! You released this EP under your own company “Playora Distribution”. Are you planning on signing up-and-coming artists to your distribution company and helping young reggae artists make a name for themselves?

B: Yes, the song “Love is a Message” was voted number 1 for three months on the Official UK Charts. I release the album myself because I wanted to learn how it all works. I didn’t want to go to an on-line distributor like ‘CD Baby’. Instead I researched where people go to buy my type of music and tried to sell my music there. I also distributed it through common means like iTunes and Amazon plus some international stores in different languages. I also listed it on Ebay for a while which was a huge success with the physical CDs. Playora Distribution I will use to distribute all my own work and any artist who needs distribution can also use my service. I offer CD design, printing, duplication, and Worldwide Digital Distribution for all who need it. I have also partnered with “Reggae Baby Lounge” which is a platform for unsigned artists. I intend to help these artists get their music out there as promotion and distribution is very important.

OCR: What’s next for Bingiman?

B: I’ve just recorded a music video in London which will be available maybe early November 2012. I’m also in the process of writing a new album for 2013. My manager and I are in the process of arranging a Tour of Europe next year. So next year will be busy for me. I have other things confirmed but I can’t release that information just yet. - Orange Country Reverb

"Bingiman – Just You Girl EP"

I received the new EP from Birmingham-based singer and DJ Bingiman just the other day. The EP is rather intriguingly billed as half dancehall, half reggae. Leaving aside questions about whether dancehall (still) qualifies as a sub-genre of reggae or a separate entity in itself, I gave it a spin.

Birmingham has, of course, always been a hotbed of very successful UK reggae. One need think no further than UB40, Ranking Roger, and Steel Pulse for evidence of this. Bingiman is a singer and songwriter with more than three decades of experience, and indeed his live CV is very impressive, having served as a support act for the likes of Gregory Isaacs, Thriller U, John Holt and Macka B, as well as being a regular at the ReggaeBaby Lounge at the Drum Centre in Birmingham. In addition, he has picked up awards in the UK and his music has been featured across the world over the last couple of years.

The Just You Girl EP is Bingiman’s second extended release. The EP features a number of different producers, namely Friendly Fire Band, J&G Records and the Old School Network. The title track is helmed by J&G, whilst the FFB take care of ‘Letter 2 The World’.

The first half of the copy of the EP which I received is the dancehall part, including the title cut, plus tracks ‘Earn Dis Cash’ and ‘Wine With Me’, featuring Caynable. ‘Just You Girl’ rides the Nunarmal riddim, and is refreshingly different from your run of the mill dancehall track. Bingiman’s delivery is sufficiently ruff without being crowding or cloying. He can croon and growl in equal measure, but is clear throughout. The message of the track is responsibility in amorous affairs. It’s not the most revolutionary of musical enterprises, but works nonetheless. ‘Earn Dis Cash’ is on the Standtall backing track, and is a chance for Bingi to show off his speed and control, which he does with aplomb. ‘Wine With Me’ is the most obviously electronic of the selection, with some autotuned backing vocals, which, if I can offer a criticism, are a little annoying. The track features Caynable on additional vocals, and the way that the two voices fit over the backing is highly impressive, and it is a credit to the producers that the mix allows space between the vox and the beats. The way the track builds just begs for the rewind, definitely one for the clubs.

The second part of the EP is the ‘reggae’ half, and the press release which accompanied my promo copy explains that Bingiman is no longer ‘just’ a dancehall artist. This set of tracks comprises ‘My Reply’ with Rose Capri, ‘Girls Like’ and the aforementioned ‘Letter 2 The World’. ‘My Reply’ opens with horns a-blasting and soon settles into a convincing lovers rhythm. Rose Capri takes the verses on this one, serenaded by Bingi’s remonstrations of love and devotion. Again, the ‘guy apologises to girl’ format is hardly new, but it’s hard not to like this addition to that particular canon. Bingiman is a good singer, and his contribution to the UK reggae scene with this EP is a welcome one.

The tracks on the ‘Just You Girl’ EP are sufficiently different to keep you interested, and use riddims and instrumentation well. ‘Girls Like’ takes the Inner Soul riddim, and J&G weave overdrive guitar in and out of the mix effectively. The arrangement is imitate, with production clear enough to take the listener right into the booth. The EP’s closer is fitting as a drawing-together and a message to Bingi’s listeners. ‘Letter 2 The World’ is as powerful as it is uplifting, and once again shows off Bingiman’s strengths as both songwriter and singer. Unity, positivity and strength are fine messages, and ‘Letter 2 The World’ is a well-produced and –delivered vehicle.

I very much enjoyed the ‘Just You Girl’ EP. It is varied, musically and lyrically, and not just, one senses, for the sake of it. Bingiman appears comfortable with both dancehall and reggae styles, and the gathered producers aid him well. The release is unsigned as yet, but will, with luck, be picked up and out there soon.

Reviewed by: Gideon Thomas - UKRG Reviewer

Find out more about Bingiman at:




WEBSITE - UKRG - UK Reggae Guide


Inner Soul Riddim
You Girl EP
Premonitions Riddim
Love Message Riddim
Int Herbz




Bingiman has been creating and performing for nearly three decades. As a young man, born in England UK, Bingiman lived and grew up in a very multi cultural city called Birmingham, where the likes of UB40, Pato Banton & Ranking Roger also came.

Bingiman practices an art form that unites different types of music, with a mission to encourage, uplift, inspire and motivate. This makes Bingiman’s material crafted for a larger scale audience. He is no longer just a Dancehall artist, but also embraces other types of music & styles. 'His professional approach and versatility allows him to slip easily into different genres of music'

Not Alright a track written & performed by Bingiman is the soundtrack to the 2011 Esther Andersons new Documentry/Movie 'Bob Marley The Making Of A Legend.

Bingiman Recieves UK/INT support from Ewan Macfarlane (Apollo 440 Lead Singer), Mennska, Cliff Hewitt From Schiller (Pet Shop Boys Drummer) for 'Ghetto Girl' Pop Remix By Urban Karma. Bingiman is currently Number 1 on the Official UK Reggae Chart with his track 'Love Is A Message Ft Rose Capri.

Bingiman has release his second EP which will be a mix of tracks he has written from different producers. it includes his single 'you girl' produced by J&G Records plus 'Love Is A Message' a track featuring Rose Capri.
Rose Capri is well known internationally, from a track she released in the 80's called 'Passion'. Other tracks including 'Letter To The World' Produced By Friendly Fire Band and 'Earn This Cash'.

Bingiman has supported acts like: Gregory Issacs, Thiller U, John Holt, Gappy Ranks, Peter Spence, Vivian Jones, Macka B, Sandra Cross & Daddy Lizard. He is also a regular act at ReggaeBaby Lounge held at the Drum Centre in his home city Birmingham UK.


Bingiman then known as Corpral Benji, toured the UK with Number 1 UK Soundsystem at the time called King Alloy. He Mc'ed against the biggest sound systems at the time both national & international including clashing against Saxon Sound system from london UK alongside the best Birmingham Artists at the time like Fancy Fitsy, Colonel Valentine, Bubbler Ranks (R.I.P), Rubber T & Wayne Ire. He also recorded his first dubplate track with King Alloy and made his first stage show appearence Alongside Gregory Issacs & Barry Boom in Wolverhampton UK.

Bingiman took a 10 year break from music while bringing up his family. He returned in 2009 with the Album Rocstar Riddim Produced by Blaze from J&G Records. The album was very successful recieving over 30k hits on youtube from the US & UK. The Rocstar Riddim was also played by veteron DJ Radigan on Kiss FM London. Bingiman also recorded a promo track called 'Mama Crying Again' which gained him a lot of fans from Europe after being played by King Thierry Reggae FM

2010 started with Bingiman making his first stage appearence at a Dennis Brown reunion dance in Birmingham. He Also appeared regular at Reggaebaby Lounge a local talent platform for artists, crafting his stage presence. Bingiman's track called 'International Herbz' was made best new authentic track of 2010 on Sting FM by Little Richie on his new years eve show.

After a very busy 2010 Bingiman records a huge track with lovers rock queen Rose Capri, called 'Love Is A Message'. This was the year he recorded the Bob Marley Soundtrack 'Its not alright' produced by Ire Jam Production who he also recorded 3 more songs which have yet to be released. Bingiman also teamed up once again with J&G Records and recorded most of his album 'You Girl EP' which was released in 2012. The shows kept coming in 2011, with Bingiman appearing on most of the big shows in his home town, John Holt, Freddy Mcregger, Sandra Cross, Gappy Ranks to name just a few.

Bingiman releases his 3rd Album called 'You Girl EP' and distributes it himself through his company Playora Distribution. The track 'love is a message' featured on the album went to Number One in the Official UK Reggae Charts for 3 Months running. Urban Karma's Remix of 'Ghetto Girl' Recieves complements from Ewan Macfarlane (Apollo 440 Lead Singer), Mennska, Cliff Hewitt From Schiller (Pet Shop Boys Drummer) On The track 'Its Not Alright' is featured as one of the soundtracks on Esther Andersons new Documentry/Movie 'Bob Marley The Making Of A Legend.