Clive John "Benji" Webbe (born 11 March 1967) is a Welsh singer, songwriter and musician best known as the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Skindred as well as the former lead singer of Dub War, Mass Mental and the singer for his own solo project. He has also featured on albums by Bullet for My Valentine and Soulfly, and plays the synthesizer in Skindred.
Webbe performing with Skindred in 2017
|Birth name||Clive John Webbe|
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|Born||11 March 1967|
He became an orphan at the age of 8 and was raised by his older brother in Powys.
Benji Webbe was born Clive John Webbe on 11 March, 1967 in Newport, Wales to Jamaican immigrant parents. Webbe's father was brought to the UK on the Windrush ship which brought one of the first groups of West Indian immigrants to the United Kingdom. Webbe's father arrived in Manchester where he struggled to find a job and moved to Wales instead.
Webbe first came to prominence with Dub War, releasing two studio albums, Pain and Wrongside of Beautiful. A third album was in the works before the band split in 1999. Benji left Earache after they refused to let him record a solo album, which was intended to move to a more hip-hop sound. After a short lived project with Robert Trujillo, Mass Mental, which released one studio and one live album, Webbe formed Skindred with former members of Dub War. Due to a dispute with the record label, a new lineup moved to Bieler Bros. and has released 5 studio albums, the latest was the Volume (2015).
In 2006, Webbe performed with Korn at the 2006 Download Festival, while Korn's lead singer Jonathan Davis was seriously ill, he sang A.D.I.D.A.S. He has also appeared on Bullet For My Valentine's 2008 album Scream Aim Fire (on "Take It Out On Me"), as well as Soulfly's debut album (on "Quilombo" and "Prejudice").
In 2015 Benji released his debut solo album, a purely reggae album entitled I Haven't Been Nicking In Ages, produced by Monsta Boy. He has also been performing intermittently with the reformed Mass Mental and in 2015, Dub War.
|2015||I Haven't Been Nicking In Ages|
|2004||Babylon (2004 re-issue)|
|2007||Roots Rock Riot|
|2009||Shark Bites and Dog Fights|
|2014||Kill The Power|
Dub War discographyEdit
|1993||Words of Dubwarning|
|1996||Wrong Side of Beautiful|
|1998||Step Ta Dis|
|2010||The Dub, The War And The Ugly|
Mass Mental? discographyEdit
|1999||How To Write Love Songs|
|1999||Live in Tokyo|
|2004||Bullet for My Valentine||Jeff Killed John (EP)||"Nation2Nation"|
|2008||Scream Aim Fire||"Take It Out on Me"|
|2010||Forever Never||I Can't Believe it's Not Metal||"Boombastic"|
|2015||Silly Band!||Water is the ruination of Everything||"Save my Farm"|
|2017||Sumo Cyco||Opus Mar||"Move Mountains"|
|2017||As Sirens Fall||"In My Mind"|
Webbe has four children and 12 grandchildren.
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- "Benji Webbe reveals all about Skindred's new album Big Tings". Metal Hammer Magazine. Retrieved 2018-08-26.