They feed their soul with music. They are popular everywhere in the world. They spend their life in making popular tunes. They rule the heart of music lovers worldwide. They are the African Musicians!!
The African music industry is very vast. It has given many celebrated musicians to the world. With their music, they have managed to capture the hearts of the music lovers worldwide. They perform in many big concerts, in front of the masses. They release albums which become chartbusters. And in all that process, they earn a lot of love and respect and of course a lot of money. Here, we take a look at the Top 10 Richest African Musicians in the World.
10. Jose Chameleone or Joe Chameleone
Joseph Mayanja was a very popular Ugandan musician. Among the fans he is known by the name Joe Chameleone or Jose Chameleone. His music is a combination of Ugandan folk music and Central African rumba with a reggae influence. He also sings in other languages like English, Luganda and Swahili. He is one of the richest musicians in East Africa. He has a huge house in Sekuga hills, located at the outskirts of Kampala. He also has four amazing wheels including Cadillac Escalade, a Benz and Premio. “Valu Valu” is a very famous song by him. The credit of making Ugandan music popular and accessible across the continent, goes to him.
This musician from Ghana is a very popular hip- hop artist. He raps in Twi, his native language. His rapping style is known as hip life. The hip life is Ghanian hip- hop which infuses hip- hop, high life, reggae and dance hall. He has won many awards like Ghana Music Award and the BET Award for Best International Act Africa in the year 2012. He has shared the stage with many popular American artists like Ludacris, Trey Songz and T- Pain. He also has a clothing line in his name- Sark by Yas. He is one of the most bankable artists in Africa.
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8. Banky W
Olubankole Wellington a.k.a Banky W is Nigerian, who was born in the United States of America in 1981. He is an R&B singer who ventured into singing at an early age. He grew up in in Nigeria in Lagos. He then went to New York to study engineering. He won a lot of awards there. He endorses many big brands like Estisalat mobile and Samsung mobiles in Nigeria. He also has a charity foundation called Mr. Capable Foundation which provides education and tuition scholarships to poor children.
7. Hugh Masekela
He is a South African music sensation. He has an expertise in playing numerous instruments like trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn. He also compose and sings his compositions. He has received n number of awards including African Legend Awards, Order of Ikhamanga by President Zuma ( for achievements in music, culture, art, literature, sports and journalism in South Africa ) and also a gRammy nomination. He has been invited to many prestigious music festival across the world. He has a professional studio located in Botsawa. He has earned acollades for his collaboration with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Paul Simon for a Graceland album, 1987 Graceland tour and acapella-style singing.
6. Fally Ipupa
He is a very popular songwriter and singer worldwide. He is a proud winner of the Kora Awards for Best Artist from Central Africa in the year 2007 and the MTV Africa Music Awards for the best video in the year 2010. He endorses many clothing brands in Paris. He has performed in many shows worldwide and demands high commission for them.
D’banj a.k.a Koko Master, a.k.a Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo is a native of Nigeria. He was born in the year 1980 and is ruling the music world since 2007. He has signed a music album with Kanye West’s music label GOOD and became the first African to do so. He has received many awards and has also campaigned for former President Goodluck Jonathan. He has a huge mansion in Atlanta worth $ 1.5million and charges over $100000 for a single show. His investments include koko water, koko lounges, a happening night club in Nigeria and “Kko Mansion”, his reality show.
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4. Salif Keita
The “Golden Voice of Africa”, Salif Keita was born on 25th August 1949 in Mali. He has given a new meaning to Afropop music. He is descendant of Sundiata Keita of Mali Empire. He is the owner of n number of real estate and an island in France which makes him one of the wealthiest musicians in Africa.
3. Koffi Olomidé
He formed a band Quartier Latin along with Fally Ipupa. He was the lead singer and vocalist. After separating from the band, he became a pioneer of soukous music. He is also a composer, producera and a dancer. His lyrics are based on controversial subjects that has garnered him praise as well as criticism. He charges $ 100,000 for a single show. His famous work includes Koweit, Haut de Gamme and Rive Gauche.
2. P- Square
The identical twin brothers Paul and Peter Okoye formed the P- Square. They are quite popular in Africa. They are the owners of Square Records. They charge about $ 150,000 for a single show. They were the Artists of the Year at the 2010 Kora Awards. They live in a massive mansion worth over $3 million. In the year 2012, they sang in a record distribution contact with Universal Music South Africa. They are the ambassadors of Globalcom from where they million dollars per year.
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1. Youssou N’dour
With a unique music style called as mbalax, the Senegalese singer, Youssou N’dour makes it to the number of position of this list. Born on 1st October 1959, he is the most famous singer alive in Senegal. He owns a big radio and television station in Senegal. He was the tourism and culture minister in the year 2012. He has many investments in real estate.
Top 10 Richest African Musicians in the World
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