Wycliff Tugume better known by his stage name YKEE BENDA is a multi-award winning African singer, songwriter and producer from Uganda, his musical style is diverse and includes Afrobeats, Pop, Dancehall, R&B, Reggae among others. He began his music career in 2015 and has quickly risen to fame. Benda is signed to his record label Mpaka Records of which he is CEO.
Ykee Benda is the seventh born in a family of eight and grew up in Kireka, Kampala. Ykee began singing in church at a young age, his love and passion for music grew while at University in Algeria, where he graduated with a first class degree in Chemical Engineering. At uni is where he started by doing covers of different kinds of music while learning song writing and vocal training. Upon his graduation and return home to Uganda he launched his music career. Benda also loves football and is a diehard Arsenal fan.
The Story of My Life – Ykee Benda
Ykee Benda made his debut on Coke Studio Africa 2017 in the Big Break Segment collaborating with Jah Prayzah and Mr Bow. He was subsequently chosen along with artistes from all over the world to add their local flavour and represent their countries on the Official Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup 2018 Anthem with American pop singer Jason Derulo.
Today Benda is considered one of the biggest artists in Uganda and in a short space of time he has collected many awards and has collaborated with several US, UK, African artistes such as Jason Derulo (USA), Reekado Banks (Nigeria), Tekno (Nigeria), Jay Prayzah (Zimbabwe), Mr. Bow (Mozambique), Manzu (Sierra Leone) to name a few.
- Kireka Boy (2017)
- AFRIMMA Best Newcomer 2018
- Hi Skool Awards Marketing Team of the Year 2018 – Team Ykee Benda
- Hi Skool Awards Song of the Year 2018 – Superman
- Hi Skool Awards Album of the Year 2018 – Kireka Boy
- Hi Skool Awards Music Video of the Year 2018 – Superman
- Zzina Awards Best Male Artist 2018
- Buzz Teeniez Male Artist 2017
- Buzz Teeniez Breakout Artist 2017
- Buzz Teeniez Songwriter 2017
- Zzina Breakthrough Artist 2017
- Zzina Best Collaboration of the Year 2017 – Farmer (Remix) Ykee Benda & Sheebah