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Ykee Benda throws in the towel as the UMA president

By Michael Nampala 06 Feb 2021 05:56 PM EAT

Wycliffe Tugume aka Ykee Benda has resigned as the UMA chairperson, a body that was formed to protect and preserve Ugandan music while promoting unity among musicians.

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Ykee Benda at one of his concerts

Ykee Benda performing in Kampala

I'm Done - Ykee Benda resigns as Uganda Musicians Association president

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In the very first meeting that was held at Centenary Park,  Eddy Sendi was selected as the chairman, a post he rejected out rightly paving the way for Swangz Avenue's co-founder, Julius Kyazze.

Kyazze was the first Uganda Musicians' Association Chairperson, but resigned months later, leaving it under Angella Kalule who deputized him.

Sophie Gombya later assumed the position and among others, they got an office at the National Theatre, which unfortunately was closed due to rent arrears.

Wycliffe Tugume was Sophie's deputy, but she had political ambitions which meant resigning her post as UMA President and this was how Ykee took over the office with Cindy Sanyu as his deputy.


Ykee has held the office of the Uganda Musicians' Association head for six months and the last couple of months has been the worst for him.

Days before Ykee announcing that he has thrown in the towel, he was in a bitter online exchange with fans for doing ''nothing" when Nubian Li, Bobi Wine's right hand man was locked up.

The fans were citing how much weight was thrown at the Nigerian artists Tems and Omah Lay who were arrested for performing in Kampala and yet the concert ban was still on, but Ykee was quick to let them know that Nubian Li's arrest had nothing to do with a musical performance, so his hands were tied.

After that storm calming down, Ykee who has been in office for six months noted that he has thought about the decision to resign for the last three months and he does not regret his decision.

"I will be stepping down soon as President UMA as I will communicate through my PR. After three months of deep thought and advice from the people I trust, they need someone else."


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