Someone once asked me “Why do you love music so much?” I replied ” Because it is the only that that stays when everything and everyone is gone”
Music is just right in our heart, with its lyrics and beats to heal a broken heart , to open a closed heart to love, when managed well it can turn your weeping account into smiling account with green lights. Today some of our talented musicians have paved their way into success through music, becoming great, Popular and seen in the society. Forbes Africa released their list of Ten Richest African Musicians and it’s amazing that our favorite artists were not exempted.
According to Forbes , the list was compiled base on Endorsement Values, Popularity, Show rates, Sales awards, YouTube viewers, appearance in news paper, investment, social media presence etc.
Here is the list of our number one richest musicians in Africa.
The Ghanaian is a renowned rapper both in Ghana and other parts of Africa. His real name is Michael Owusu Addo and he is the owner of Sarkcess Music, one of the most popular record labels in the country. Sarkodie’s net worth is $7 million.
The high-ranking Nigerian pop star rose to fame in 2011 through his remarkable release- Dami Duro. Though he is said to be from a wealthy background, Davido has always insisted that the wealth that he has is self-made and he attributes all of it to his career in music. He has won many awards in the world of music and today he has a net worth of $16 million.
This is arguably the current king of African music. He has made stronger his achievements by owning Starboy Entertainment, which one of the leading record labels in Nigeria. Wizkid, or Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun as his real name goes, makes it to the list the most richest musicians in Africa having a net worth of $20 million.
7. 2Face Idiba
Innocent Uajh Idiba is his real name and apart from being a music artist, he is also the CEO of Hypertek. 2face boasts of more than 7 million digital sales and 10 million CDs and he is not slowing down any time soon. He charges between $50,000 and $80,000 per show, runs a nightclub and has invested in real estate. His net worth is $22.5 million.
Going by his birth name Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, D’banj is one of the richest music artists not only in Nigeria, his home country but also in Africa. He has sold close to four million albums throughout the world and has been part of Sony Entertainment and Good Music deals. D’banj who is an artist, song writer and Harmonica player has a net worth of $25 million.
5. Don Jazzy
Michael Collins Ajereh, or Don Jazzy as he is famously known on stage, is both a singer and a music producer. He is currently the richest musician in Nigeria and has featured alongside a number of superstars both within and outside Nigeria. His music career can be traced back to his childhood before relocating to the UK where he pursued it with passion. He is worth $35 million today. READ ALSO: One Corner dance lands in Nigeria as Don Jazzy studio crew join the dance frenzy
4. Hugh Masekela
The sparkling artist has had more than 43 albums to his name. Hugh Masekela has collaborated with various notable artists including Stevie Wonder, Miriam Makeba, The Byrds, Mavin Gaye and the late Fela Kuti among others. He is nearly as rich as Black Coffee with a net worth of $60 million.
3. Black Coffee
The South African legendary musician Black Coffee has his birth name as Nkosinathi Maphumulo. He is today one of the prestigious music artists in Africa. Across and beyond South Africa, this musician has turned music into great fortune to acquire immense wealth. He stands as the richest musician in South Africa and the second richest in Africa only behind Akon at a net worth of $60 million.
2. P Square
P and Paul Okoye are Nigerian twin brothers who have been working together for a good part of their music career. Both are music artists and producers who have collaborated with such big names like Rick Ross. They charge up to $150,000 per show and their shows are always filled to the brim. P Square has a net worth of $70 million.
Akon is Africa’s richest musician and has for many years been featured alongside the world’s most celebrated musicians. He has since recorded not less than 35 million sales and his fame is swirling across Africa and beyond. Apart from the mouthwatering returns than Akon earns through album sales and endorsements, the musician has up to 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs to his name and has earned lots of awards. As the richest musician in Africa, Akon is worth $80 million.