From solo artists to duos, the Ugandan Reggae/Dancehall is bustling with a lot of new names and one of the more notable ones is Ykee Benda. Born and raised in Uganda with roots in Rwanda, the young talent has dropped a number of successful singles such as “Kyenkyebula” and “Kikube Kiss”.
Last weekend, he paid us a visit on the show to discuss the single “Farmer”, it’s remix with Sheebah Karungi and his journey so far. He told us that he was listening to Solidstar’s “My Body” while having a Popcaan line ringing in his head when he decided to own the concept and explore his funnier side, eventually coming up with the song farmer.
Sonically, “Farmer” is a blend of dancehall and afro-beat that relies less on the punch from the instruments and more on the melody and other aspects such as catchy bits in Ykee’s lyrics like the phrase “1, 2 nze nenkukabala” which garner active responses from people on the dancefloorwhen the song plays.
Sheebah’s manager happened to listen to the song while on a night out and got in touch with the Badi Music head with the idea of a remix and in no time, Ykee and Sheebah were in studio working on it.
Ykee Benda also happens to be a chemical engineer and for those of you that are curious about the origin of his name, Ykee is an abbreviation for his real name Wycliffe and Benda is an acronym for “Blessed Every Night and Day Amen”.
He also told us a little bit about what it’s like being new in the industry with a hit, saying that he’s trying to enjoy it all while staying focused and not letting fame get to his head. We hope to hear more from him but for now, check out the song and share it with a friend.