Hello dear readers, well this ranking might be a little different from what you see on other sites cos we actually ranked this based on the worth of the real African musicians that are based in Africa, artists that acquired their wealth in Africa. So you won’t find artists like Akon and others here.. sit back relax and and enjoy our top ten ranking.
1. Black Coffee
Going by the birth name Nkosinathi Maphumulo, Black Coffee is not only a legendary South African musician but also one of the prestigious musicians Africa presently boasts of. Prior to his return to KwaZulu-Natal –his place of birth –in order to make music his course of study, Black Coffee spent years in the Eastern Cape where he apparently grew up.
Within and beyond South Africa, Black Coffee has made music the main factor behind his immense fortune and great wealth. Owing to this, he is considered as South Africa’s richest musician.
2. Hugh Masekela
Witbank-born Hugh Masekela is classified as one of Africa’s richest musicians. Just behind Black Coffee –his South African counterpart –Hugh Masekela rocks South Africa’s music industry with constant releases. Meanwhile, the sparkling artiste has over 43 albums in his music gallery. Likewise, he is part of the notable musicians who have collaborated with artists such as Miriam Makeba, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, late Fela Kuti, Mavin Gaye, The Byrds and Dizzy Gillespie.
Davido is undoubtedly one of the hottest Nigerian pop stars who has been ranked high on the international floor. His music success came way back in 2011, precisely through the influence of his spectacular release –Dami Duro. Davido, who is associated with a wealthy lineage, maintains that his wealth is self-made and a product of his vigorous presence in the world of music. Like some other Nigerian artistes, Davido has added many prestigious awards to his name. Among these awards is The Headies Awards.
Here is one of Africa’s hottest hip-hop stars. Wizkid –going by the birth name Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun –is a Nigerian singer born in 1990. Since he swirled into great popularity in 2011, Wizkid has progressively made waves especially through his mega endorsement deals (with giant brands such as MTN, Pepsi, etc), costly charges per musical show and beautiful record sales.
He has strengthened his achievements as the owner of Starboy Entertainment –one of the top record labels in Nigeria. Furthermore, Wizkid is one of the musicians who has garnered much recognition by bagging numerous awards and appearing in exclusive musical nominations.
5. Don Jazzy
Don Jazzy is well known as a singer and producer. Very impressively, he dominates Nigeria’s music industry as the country’s richest musician. Going by the birth name Michael Collins Ajereh, Don Jazzy has been making waves for long and prominently, he has featured with notable superstars within and outside Nigeria.
Taking a look at his music career, Don Jazzy began music during his childhood and through his devotion towards music, he eventually relocated to Britain where he proceeded with his music career.
6. D Banj
Going by the birth name Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, D Banj is popularly dubbed Koko Master and since he came into limelight as a musician, he has frequently featured among Nigeria’s richest musicians. Since he stormed the music scene with his widely acclaimed and blockbuster song “Why Me?’’, D Banj’s name has remained a spectacular mention in the music industry. Undoubtedly, he is of great caliber as a musician and many of his songs have yielded massive returns.
Most significantly, D Banj makes beautiful sums of money through his endorsement deals with mega brands within and outside Nigeria. Likewise, as a prolific songwriter and vibrant singer, D’ Banj maintains a record label titled Kanye West’s Good Music.
As regards the significance of his musical talent, D’Banj’s fortune has drawn him into a milestone of over 4 million album sales. Meanwhile, his albums are still selling fast within and beyond Nigeria.
7. Sarkodie – Ghana
Actually, the contemporary Ghanaian music industry might seem boring if Sarkodie’s name is excluded from the clique of notable artists. Meanwhile, Sarkodie is seen as the main factor behind the great focus on Ghana’s contemporary music.
Sarkodie has obviously reached an unrivaled milestone and this has ranked him high as a youth ambassador with a presidential status. Besides music, Sarkodie has contributed largely to the welfare of many Ghanaian children who dwell in poverty and homelessness. Significantly, Sarkodie carries on this philanthropic contribution through his Sarkodie Foundation.
Also noteworthy, Sarkodie has doubled up his wealth outside music and this comes with the help of his business dealings including his Sark clothing.
8. Diamond Platnumz – Tanzania
With his net worth valued at $4 million, Diamond Platnumz takes the second spot just behind Uganda’s Jose Chameleone. Besides his remarkable musical performances which make him release songs continually, Diamond Platnumz owns a recording studio from which he earns $5,000 on a daily basis.
Apart from his dignified appearance on this list, Diamond Platnumz makes great waves in Tanzania’s music industry and for this reason, he is the country’s richest musician as it stands.
9. Fally Ipupa – DR. Congo
Fally Ipupa is another notable Congolese artiste. His presence on the music scene specifies him as a songwriter cum singer. Significantly, he is largely acclaimed for transforming the Lingala music into a contemporary genre.
Prior to Fally Ipupa’s individual career, he served as one of the musicians within Quartier Latin International –a music band formed by Koffi Olomide. Fally Ipupa has encountered great fortune as a musician and significantly, his massive wealth largely results from his performances at concerts and his presence on the payrolls of endorsement brands.
10. Casper Nyovest – South Africa
Refiloe Maele Phoolo (born 16 December 1990, in Mafikeng), professionally known as Cassper Nyovest, is a South African recording artist and record producer. His debut album Tsholofelo was released on 18 July 2014. He is currently signed to his own independent label and media company, Family Tree.