Like any other entertainment field, music can help participants generate significant incomes, especially if one becomes a true master of the art. This happens to be the case of the most successful and highly-accomplished artists across the globe. Looking at the list of the richest musicians in Africa proves this point perfectly.
When the topic of the richest musician in Africa comes up, who comes to your mind? Well, most people would go for artists that seem to be doing well in the industry. The African music scene is a competitive one, and only those musicians with resources and the right platforms get to benefit from showcasing their talents. With the continent being full of talented people, you need to have something extra if you stand out. In addition to that, artists that have been in the industry longer tend to earn more. Those that have gone global also bring in more revenues for themselves.
Here are the 20 richest musicians in Africa in 2021
1. Youssou N’Dour (150 million dollars)
Real name: Youssou N’Dour (born October 1, 1959)
The star has built her wealth from a variety of sources, including the music industry. He’s a gifted entrepreneur with deep political interests, and his net worth is between $ 145 million and $ 150 million. He is also the owner of an influential media authority which broadcasts radio and television programs. Many people love Youssou for his extraordinary musical productions.
2. Akon ($ 80 million)
Real name: Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam (born April 16, 1973)
Akon is second in the list of richest musicians, with a net worth of around $ 80 million. The American star is both a producer and songwriter, with decades of experience in the industry. His long career has allowed him to record more than 35 million sales. Akon is a successful singer who inspires generations with his productions from the Konvict Muzic label.
3. Black Coffee (60 millions de dollars)
Vrai nom: Nkosinathi Maphumulo (March 11, 1976)
Nationality: South African
Maphumulo is a professional DJ who has a good background in music production. He now works for the Soulistic Music label and rubs shoulders with the best musicians on the continent. Africa boasts of his artistic talent which has allowed him to cross borders with a unique taste for entertainment. His net worth is estimated to be around $ 60 million.
4. Don Jazzy ($ 30 million)
Real name: Michael Collins Ajereh (born November 26, 1982)
Don Jazzy is widely known and loved for his art. He is one of the founders of Mavins Record, sometimes referred to as Supreme Mavin Dynasty. Don has inspired generations for decades and is much admired on the continent. His decision to settle in Britain did not diminish his notoriety as most people had predicted. His net worth is estimated to be around $ 30 million.
5. Wizkid (20 millions de dollars)
Real name: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (born July 16, 1990)
Wizkid works with Starboy Record as Managing Director. The young Nigerian star has an estimated net worth of $ 20 million and has earned a fair share of his wealth by releasing contemporary hip-hop hits, which draw large audiences. Wizkid derives a considerable percentage of its wealth from large corporations such as MTN and Pepsi. This talented young artist is nothing new to the world of nominations and exclusive music awards.
6. Rudeboy (16,1 millions de dollars)
Real name: Paul Okoye (born November 18, 1981)
Rudeboy (Paul Okoye) is a former member of the P-Square group. His talent made him famous across the African continent and beyond. He has a net worth of $ 16.1 million.
7. Davido ($ 16 million)
Real name: David Adedeji Adeleke (born November 21, 1992)
DMW CEO Davido is super rich and never hesitates to brag about it. His fame is closely linked to the labels Sony, RCA. Davido has been at the peak of his career since 2011 when his music video Dami Duro propelled him onto the world stage, and currently his net worth is around $ 16 million.
8. Mr. P (15,2 millions de dollars)
Real name: Peter Okoye (born November 18, 1981)
Mr. P is Rudeboy’s twin brother. The P Square brothers were famous for their incredible music. The two have gone their separate ways and are now working solo. Mr. P’s career is on top, as confirmed by his net worth of $ 15.2 million.
9. 2Face Idibia (Tuface) (15 million de dollars)
Real name: Innocent Ujah Idibia (born September 18, 1975)
Idibia is the CEO of Hypertek. He is an affluent glory hunter who never rests until he has achieved his goals. Famous for his African Queen music video, 2Face is one of the greatest figures of hip-hop in Nigeria and Africa. He derives a large portion of his income from the sale of music, real estate and other entrepreneurial activities. His approximate net worth is $ 15 million.
10. D’banj ($ 11 million)
Real name: Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (born June 9, 1980)
D’banj is a harmonica player, singer and artist. He works under Kanye West’s Good Music label. The star has reached over 4 million album sales, which makes him an interesting star. D Banj’s net worth stands at $ 11 million.
11. Banks W (8 million de dollars)
Real name: Olubankole Wellington (born March 27, 1981)
King of the Empire Mates Entertainment, EME, features high on the list of wealthy musicians. Besides his role as CEO of EME, Banky works as a producer and music artist.
12. Flavour (7 millions de dollars)
Vrai nom: Chinedu Izuchukwu Okoli (November 23, 1983)
Flavor developed his passion for music as a young boy, playing instruments in his local church. He would later become one of the most popular Igbo musicians in Africa. His famous hit Ada Ada has earned him several awards. Flavor is a multi-performer, instrumentalist, songwriter and singer. Her golden voice is a charm.
13. Sarkodie ($ 7 million)
Real name: Michael Owusu Addo (born July 10, 1988)
Sarkodie is the richest rapper in Africa. He has reached an upper-class level of wealth, which makes him an interesting rapper with a net worth of around $ 7 million. Sarkodie works for the Sarkcess Music record company. He is not only an ambassador for young people, but an official celebrity who has a deep interest in the well-being of local children. Sarkodie’s entrepreneurial interests have largely contributed to his flourishing wealth.
14. Jidenna ($ 7 million)
Real name: Jidenna Theodore Mobisson (born May 4, 1985)
Jidenna is an international artist who enjoys great popularity in the United States of America. The star also enjoys a huge number of fans across Nigeria. His father wanted him to become an engineer, but it never happened, as Jidenna had already developed a passion for music from an early age. Most future singers admire him a lot.
15. Tiwa Savage ($ 7 million)
Real name: Tiwatope Savage (born February 5, 1980)
Prior to joining Universal Music Group, Tiwa was previously under contract with the Marvin label. She is a talented songwriter, with a net worth of over $ 7 million.
16. Jose Chameleon (6 millions de dollars)
Real name: Joseph Mayanja (born 1is January 1979)
Chameleon is the biggest name in music in East Africa, with an estimated net worth of $ 6 million. His talent has allowed him to gain loyal fans from diverse cultural backgrounds and dialects such as English, Swahili and local Luganda. His career dates back to the 1990s, when the music industry was still developing. It is undeniable that Chameleon is one of the richest stars.
17. Tinashe ($ 6 million)
Real name: Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe (born February 6, 1993)
Tinashe wowed several fans with her voice, reaching fame in 2000 after a stellar performance in Cora Unashamed. She has built a stable musical career for herself producing success after success under the ROC Nation and RCA labels. Her success has led her to perform alongside famous figures such as actor Tom Hanks.
18. Koffi Olomide ($ 5 million)
Real name: Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba (born July 13, 1956)
Congo is now among the top richest musicians, thanks to Koffi’s award-winning hits. He is famous for his skills in dancing, writing, singing and producing.
19. Fally Ipupa ($ 5 million)
Real name: Fally Ipupa (born December 14, 1977)
Judging from his comfortable lifestyle, it’s safe to say that Ipupa is a big fish in the African music industry. The singer is currently a resource person in both composition and vocals. His large fan base admires his hard work in modernizing Lingala. He began his career with Koffi Olomide’s group, Quartier Latin International.
Diamond Platnumz (5 million de dollars)
Real name: Nasibu Abdul (born October 2, 1989)
This list of Africa’s richest musicians would be incomplete without Diamond Platnumz, one of East Africa’s most famous musicians. His sensational music, Bongo, is very moving, even for people who do not speak Swahili. He derives a large portion of his income from album sales, promotion and events. Diamond is the CEO of Wasafi Records.