Bonobo (musician)

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Bonobo, 2013
Bonobo, 2013
Chart positions
Explanation of the data
The North Borders
  DE 72 04/12/2013 (1 week)
  CH 39 04/14/2013 (4 weeks)
  UK 34 
03/30/2013 (4 weeks)
  DE 11 01/20/2017 (4 weeks)
  AT 15th 01/27/2017 (2 weeks)
  CH 5 01/22/2017 (4 weeks)
  UK 5 
01/20/2017 (4 weeks)
  US 59 02/04/2017 (1 week)

Bonobo is the stage name of Simon Green (born March 30, 1976 in Leeds ), an English producer , composer , musician and DJ . He uses a variety of instruments in his pieces. It can be classified in the genre downtempo .

Live and act

Simon Green grew up in rural Hampshire . His father was involved in the British folk scene. Green learned to play guitar and piano at an early age .

Green's bonobo career began in Brighton around 2000 . His first two singles were remixed by Amon Tobin ( Scuba , 1999) and Mr. Scruff ( Terrapin , 2000) . In 2000 his debut album Animal Magic was released on the British label Tru Thoughts . Just a year later, Bonobo signed a contract with Ninja Tune . His breakthrough came in 2006 with Days to Come . The album was voted album of the year by listeners to Gilles Peterson's famous music show on BBC 1 , among others .

He has performed at major festivals such as Glastonbury and Coachella .


Bonobo's music is characterized by the combination of live instrumentation with electronic sounds. At concerts he is usually accompanied by a live band and plays bass himself. He often works with female vocalists (including Speech Debelle , Erykah Badu , Andreya Triana , Bajka , Szjerdene ), and occasionally with male singers. He also appears as a solo DJ , and Ninja Tune has released two of his DJ mixes so far.

His music is usually classified as downtempo , but it also contains elements of acid jazz , ambient and other subgenres of electronic music, as well as hip-hop and soul .



Studio albums

  • Animal Magic (Tru Thoughts, 2000; Ninja Tune, 2001)
  • Dial 'M' for Monkey (Ninja Tune, 2003)
  • Days to Come (Ninja Tune, 2006)
  • Black Sands (Ninja Tune, 2010) (UK:silversilver)
  • The North Borders (Ninja Tune, 2013)
  • Migration (Ninja Tune, 2017)

Live albums, EPs, remix albums

  • One Offs… Remixes & B-Sides (Tru Thoughts, 2002)
  • Live Sessions EP (Ninja Tune, 2005)
  • Solid Steel Presents Bonobo / It Came from the Sea (DJ Mix-CD, Ninja Tune, 2005)
  • Nightlite: Zero db Remix EP (Ninja Tune, 2006)
  • Live at Koko (DVD, Ninja Tune, 2009)
  • Black Sands Remixed (Ninja Tune, 2012)
  • Late Night Tales (DJ Mix, Ninja Tune, 2013)
  • The North Borders Tour. - Live (Live album, Ninja Tune, 2014)
  • Flashlight EP (Ep, Ninja Tune, 2014)

Video albums

  • Live at Koko (2009)
  • The North Borders Tour. - Live (Live album, Ninja Tune, 2014)


Computer games


Film and television, radio


  1. Chart sources: Chart discography DE AT CH UK US
  2. Music Sales Awards: UK
  3. Biography at Ninja Tune , accessed January 25, 2017.

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