Ben Onono

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Ben Onono (sometime stylized as Ben OnOnO) Ivor Novello and Grammy nominated Nigerian British musician and songwriter, born in Cardiff and raised in West Africa. He trained as a concert pianist. He co-wrote the 2002 Ivor Novello award nominated worldwide hit "It Just Won't Do" single,[1] with Tim DeLuxe. His Top 5 hit song 'Rainbow of Love' with Bob Sinclar was used in the 2011 Alfa Romeo advertising campaign[citation needed].The track was the single for the Grammy nominated album 'Made In Jamaica' with Sly and Robbie. Ben Onono was the featured vocalist and writer of Saffron Hill's 2003 "My Love is Always There", as well as the character in its music video. The song charted Top 20 in the UK National Charts. His song 'Fallen Hero' with NuFrequency remains the number 1 most charted song ever on the tastemaker website Resident Advisor. Onono has written material for David Guetta, Cicada, Bob Sinclar, Fat Boy Slim and Rui Da Silva, Futureshock, Natalie Imbruglia amongst others .

From his debut Native Stranger, the track "Blink" was featured on the soundtrack for the TV series Long Way Down The entire album featured across the 6 part BBC series starring Ewan Macgreggor. Also, from Native Stranger, the song "Count to 10" (which was used in the trailer for Channel 4's Darren Brown's Trick or Treat). His song 'Never had a Dream Come True' was featured on the movie 'John Tucker Must Die', starring Jesse Metcalfe. Other songs have featured in the USA TV series 'The Sheild', Nip and Tuck', and 'Las Vegas'

Other film/TV credits include the adaptation of the award winning 'Half of a Yellow Sun', starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton, 2 series of the MTV Base award winning series "Shuga, BBC 1 forthcoming movie 'Danny and the Human Zoo'


Studio albums[edit]

  • 2000: Badagry Beach
    1. Old Baggage
    2. Tattoo Blue
    3. On Common Ground
    4. Like Rain
    5. Simple Life
    6. Small World
    7. Badagry Beach
    8. Never Had a Dream Come True
    9. Word to the Wise
    10. Delilah (I Won't Chase Rainbows)
    11. Rewind Erase (4.14)
  • 2008: Native Stranger
    1. Radio Silence
    2. Badagry Beach (6.18)
    3. Marvin's Groove
    4. Count to 10
    5. Day of Days
    6. Big Blue Moon
    7. Blink
    8. Raoul's Wager
    9. Caramel
    10. When the Moon Has Past
    11. Rewind Erase (4.12)


  1. ^ "Ivor Novello award nominations 2003". BBC Online. 22 April 2003. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 

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