Ykee Benda’s Mpaka Records Unveils New Dancehall Singer


The Ykee Benda Owned Mpaka Records has unveiled a new artist Dre Cali, real name Andre Katende.

The Record Deal signing took place over the Weekend at the record label’s new home in Muyenga-Bukasa. Dre Cali now joins the Co-founder of the label making two artists in Mpaka Records at the moment.

Like Ykee, Dre Cali has joined Music professionally after successfully completing his studies at Uganda Christian University where he has been pursuing a Bachelors degree in Engineering.

Ykee Benda has an amazing three years in the music industry both as an artist and business man and is now undoubtedly among the forces in Uganda to reckon with.

Early this year, the artist set a new record being the first Ugandan artist to stage a successful Serena show having spent less than 3 years in the music industry.

Most recently, the Uganda Musicians Association added yet another achievement with a nomination that saw Ykee become the Vice President of the Association.

The Signing of a new artist has now secured Ykee a place in the lane of Uganda`s most celebrated and entrepreneurial artists.


“Cali is an incredible talent who we have had the pleasure of getting to know as we have watched him grow. He writes his own music and has a unique Voice texture that Uganda and Africa will surely fall in love with.

As a person who loves good music I am already a fan of Cali`s good vibes.  It’s been 7 months of preparation before this and as a label, we are sure Cali is ready to unleash his talent to the world. We are thrilled to have him and we are looking forward to many more years of progress together,” said Ykee Benda.

Dre Cali on the other hand expressed his excitement towards joining Mpaka Records.

“I am very excited to be working with Mpaka Records.  I personally love the record label’s production style and overall their level of professionalism.

I have been following Ykee Benda as a number one fan for the last three years and he is part of my key inspirations in making the decision to take on music as full time career.“

The singer said, “When I interacted with the Management team of Mpaka Records, I could tell that they understood my vision and being professionals they had even better plans for my brand. I am looking forward to delivering an album that will blow everyone away.”

Dre Cali also added that, “This Record deal is honestly a dream come true. I’m really grateful to God for this opportunity. I don’t even know how to say it. I can only promise the team hard work and  utmost dedication.”

When asked how other talented artists can join the label, Ykee noted that, “Mpaka Records discovers great talent it’s not the other way round, I encourage all talented artists out there to stick to their hustles, follow our digital platforms and we will surely find you at the right time.”

Produced by Mpaka Record’s in house Producer Darry Hits, Dre Cali has already released his debut sound track titled ‘Zigi Zaga’ which is already available on YouTube and other audio music platforms.

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