The ranking of the richest musicians in Africa made known by Forbe’s with their net worth for the year 2019; we got to know most of them are dominated by Nigerians with the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Don jazzy and also featuring in the list is the legendary musician Akon.
Akon – net worth $80 million
Coming first on the list is Aliaume Damala Badara aka Akon is the richest musician in Africa. He is a Senegalese hip-hop artist who have been ranked as one of the world’s acclaimed musicians.
Akon an artist,song writer,record producer and CEO of konvict muzic, has dignified his music gallery with a total of 45 billboard; Hot 100 songs and appearing in a Grammy award nominations list for 5 times among others.
Black Coffee – net worth $60 million
Black coffee whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo is a South Africa musician, Dj, Record producer hail from kwazulu- natal but was raised in the Eastern cape province.
Black Coffee is also the holder of a large number of awards. Nigerian listeners have little knowledge about him. However, he is extremely popular in Western countries. The creativity of this musician is especially appealing to fans of electronic music.
He started the career around 1995 and released 5 albums under his own label. Significant progress occurred in 2004 when Black Coffee was chosen for Red Bull Music Academy held in Cape Town. In 2005, he won the “Breakthrough DJ Of The Year” award at the DJ Awards in Ibiza.
Don Jazzy – net worth $30 million
Michael Collins Ajereh aka Don jazzy love for music began when he was a child and it all begin in the church. Then he moved to the UK and began his journey up the career ladder.
Today Don Jazzy is among African richest musician owing to strongly expressed talents in producing, writing and performing songs, entrepreneurship.
He won many awards, became an ambassador for the MTV brand, founded his own record label, helped many talented artists achieve serious success, engaged in business related to real estate and producing the Wi-Fi in Nigeria.
Wizkid – net worth $20 million
Lagos is the native land of this successful songwriter and singer. He is a holder of Top Hot 100 song, Top R&B song, and Top R&B Collaboration awards. Many fans call him the king of African music. Artist tries to spread national motives all over the world. Contracts with popular brands bring him additional income, for example, cooperation with Pepsi.
In 2016, Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit, “One dance”, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
He began as an ordinary boy singing in church at the age of 11,who would have thought that after a while he would work with the world-scale stars and receive cosmic revenues!
Davido – net worth $16 million
David Adeleke is easily one of the richest musicians in Nigeria and Africa. The DMW boss a big name in African entertainment and his bank account sure supports the fact. The past year has been exciting for the singer as he bagged several international awards, performed on international stages while selling out shows around the world. His song ‘Fall’ became the first African music video to hit 100,000,000 views on YouTube. The song also made it to Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Charts.
He has endorsement deals with Infinix Mobility, AXE perfume, Travelbeta etc.
Sarkodie – net worth $7 million
Coming number six on the list is the prominent star of Ghana music scene, the only representative of this country in the list. His real name is Michael Owusu Addo.
The African public closely watches his creativity. He gains millions of views on Youtube. The first single from his fourth album, “Mary”, was sold in circulation of about 4,000 copies per release day.
Being rapper and entrepreneur from Tema. His contributions to the Ghanaian music industry have earned him numerous accolades, including the Vodafone Ghana Music Award for Artiste of the Decade. In 2015, Sarkodie was ranked the 19th most Influential Ghanaian by e.tv Ghana.He is considered one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre and dance.
Tinashe – net worth $6 million
She is the only lady on the list who was born in the United States from a Dane mother and Zimbabwe father. This girl started singing before she even started walking. Her life has always been somehow connected with music. As a child, Tinashe was a kid model. In 2000, her first film experience took place.
The first album of the girl became a real sensation. She shone as the new star of the music industry and collaborated with many celebrities. Tinashe is the ambassador of several brands. Despite the young age, this lady managed to become incredibly successful and rich.
Hugh Masekele – net worth $1,5 million
For a long and productive life, this artist created more than 43 albums. He performed with many famous musicians from different genres. Masekele enjoyed the warm love of fans of different age categories. He died on January 23, 2018, at the age of 78.
Hugh worked productively in his own record company, had many honorary prizes, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Despite the solid age, Masekela regularly went on international trips and had great concerts. In a media, it was reported that a live performance of the star cost $20,000. No wonder he was very rich! We will remember him with warmth in our hearts for a long time.
Jidenna – net worth $1 million
He is successful producer and performer with dual citizenship (Nigeria, the United States). This guy realised that he wants to do music in 10 years. He gradually came to his dream and achieved striking results. Despite the fact that Jidenna was born and grew up in the US, he considers himself a Nigerian man, wants to develop the music industry in Africa.
Also, Jidenna collaborated with Michelle Obama, the former first lady of the United States, on an educational program, participated in special shows and concerts. However, the musician urges Africans not to strive for the American dream but to live in accordance with our own ideals and customs.