There used to a time when doing music was not an admirable or attractive career choice in Africa, both socially and financially. A child who wanted to make a career out of music was seen as a lazy child who wants to bring shame and dishonour to the family.
Parents did everything they could to dissuade their children from ever associating themselves with those talented in music, not to talk of toeing that path.
They used corporal punishments, destruction of musical instruments possessed by their young wards and other tactics to dissuade them from the choice. The insistent wards who dared go against the whims of the parents and guardians were outrightly disowned in some cases.
However, the narrative changed around the 90’s and early 2000’s. By that time, African music had started gaining commercial attention. Musicians started earning good pay for their shows and concerts. Albums started selling like wildfire. Everything changed.
Today, there is no limit to the wealth one can acquire through music. It is entirely a different story from what it used to be.
Here is a carefully researched list of the 10 Richest African Musicians of all Time.
Net worth: $80 million
Aliaune Damala Akon Thiam, popularly called ‘Akon’ is a Senegalese singer and songwriter who rose to stardom in 2004 after the release of his single ‘Locked Up’ which is the first single from his highly-successful debut album ‘Trouble’.
Akon founded the record label, Konvict Muzik in the same year he launched his debut album ‘Trouble’. He followed it up with Konlive Distribution in 2007.
The record labels signed very successful artists such as Lady Gaga and Kat DeLuna and T.Pain.
According to Forbes, Akon is worth $80 million. He currently stands as the richest African Musician of all time.
2. Black Coffee
Country: South Africa
Net worth: $60 million
Black Coffee is a South African singer, DJ and producer whose career started in 1994.
So far, he has released 5 albums. He rose to prominence after his participation in the Red Bull Academy of 2004, which took place in Cape Town, South Africa.
Black Coffee was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010 when he performed as a Disc Jockey for 60 hours non-stop.
In 2019, Forbes ranked him the second richest African musician with a $60 million net worth.
3. Don Jazzy
Net worth: $30 million
Michael Collins Ajereh better known as Don Jazzy became famous when he founded Mo’ Hit Records in 2004 alongside his erstwhile music associate, Dapo Oyebanjo (D’banj).
The successful musical group recruited other artistes that recorded huge success in the label, like Wande Coal and Dr Sid.
2012 saw the end of Mo’Hit following crash of interest between Don Jazzy and D’banj.
Don Jazzy founded another label, Mavin Records in May 2012. He is listed as the 3rd richest musician in 2019 by Forbes.
Net worth: $20 million
Ayodeji Balogun, known by his stage name as Wizkid is ranked the 4th richest African musician of all time.
Wizkid became a formidable force to reckon with in the music scene immediately after he launched his career in 2011 with the widely accepted single ‘Holla At Your Boy’.
He was formally signed to Banky Wellington and Tunde Demuren’s E.M.E Records. Wizkid departed E.M.E in 2013 after the expiration of his 5 years contract with the music label.
He established his own label, Starboy Entertainment the same year. According to Forbes, Wizkid is worth $20 million.
Net worth: $17 million
His real name is David Adeleke but known as Davido by fans and music lovers.
Davido rose to prominence in 2011 with the release of his sensational single ‘Dami Duro’. The 27-year-old Nigerian singer has 3 albums to his credit.
His first album, “Omo Baba Olowo” was released in 2012. After that, came “Son of Mercy” which he released in 2016.
His 3rd album, “A Good Time”, released on November 22, 2019, features Hip Hop heavyweights like Chris Brown.
Davido disclosed that the latest album was recorded in Atlanta, U.S.A.
Forbes listed Davido as one of the richest musicians in Africa with a fortune worth of $17 million.
Net worth: $7 million
The Ghanaian rapper, whose real name is Michael Owusu Addo, stands as the richest and only musician from Ghana to make it in the list of richest African musicians of all time.
Sarkodie started doing music professionally in 2005. The rapper who mostly raps in his native “Twi” language has 4 studio albums to his credit: Makye (2009), Rapperholic (2012), Sarkology (2014) and Highest (2017).
According to Forbes, Sarkodie is worth $7 million. This automatically makes him one of the richest African musicians of all time, standing tall at the 6th position.
Net worth: $6 million
Tinashe Kachingwe is a Zimbabwean singer, songwriter and dancer born to a Zimbabwean father and a Danish mother.
She lives in the United States of America where she has worked as an actress, dancer, and songwriter.
Her music career became more pronounced with the released of her debut studio album, Aquarius in 2014.
She is listed as the 7th richest African musician with a net worth of $6 million.
8. Hugh Masekela
Country: South Africa
Net worth: $1.5 million
Masekela was a South African trumpeter and composer, widely described as the “Father of South African Jazz”. He is also remembered for his anti-apartheid songs such as “Soweto Blues and Bring Him Back Home”.
In 1968, his song had a number-one US pop hit with his adaptation of ‘Grazing in the Grass’. He recorded over 45 albums and was nominated for the Grammy on 3 different occasions.
Forbes listed him as one of the richest African musicians of all time with a net worth of $1.5 million. Hugh Masekela passed away in January 2018. May his soul continue to rest in peace.
Net worth: $1 million
Jidenna Theodore Mobisson is a Nigerian singer born to a Nigerian father and an American mother. Jidenna, as he is fondly called, spent some of his childhood in Nigeria before moving to America at the tender age of 6.
While in high school Jidenna’s passion for music developed leading the singer to co-found the rap group ‘Black Spadez’. From there, he started producing and writing songs.
The 34-year-old singer rose to prominence in 2015 following the release of his first official single ‘Classic Man’. The song made it to #49 on Billboard Hot RnB/Hip-Pop Airplay chart.
Jidenna has won awards for his music including 4 SoulTrain awards. Forbes listed him among 10 richest African musicians with a net worth of $1 million.
10. Oliver Mtukudzi
Net worth: $1 million
The last on the list of 10 richest African musicians of all time is Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi. Mtukudzi was a Zimbabwean musician that recorded over 65 albums in his lifetime.
He is known to be Zimbabwe’s most renowned and internationally recognized musician of all times. Mtukudzi’s lend his voice to the struggles of Rhodesians (Zimbabweans) during the pre-independent white minority rule.
Even after the Zimbabwean Independence in 1980, he continued to preach tolerance among Zimbabweans.
Though Mtukudzi’s exact net worth could not be ascertained before his death in January 2019, he is widely believed and ranked as one of the richest African musicians of all times, with over 65 albums and millions of Youtube views.
Millions of fans thrilled with Cardi B’s Africa tour
It was all buzzing in Lagos and Accra during the weekend as Cardi B visited.
Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, popularly known as Cardi B was on a 2-nation African tour from Friday 5 December to Sunday 8 December. She performed in Nigeria on Saturday and in Ghana on Sunday.
There is no doubt the Grammy-Award winning rapper enjoyed every bit of her time in the 2 West African countries. She kept millions of fans all over the world thrilled with her energetic activities which she regularly updated via her social media posts.
In Nigeria, the 27-year-old’s performance went down on Saturday night at the Livespot Festival, held at the Eko Atlantic City, Lagos.
Performing alongside Cardi B at the festival was Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Teni, Patoranking, Joe Boy, Niniola and a host of other Nigerian artistes.
The beautiful rapper dressed in Nigeria’s national colours from hair to toe, to deliver an electrifying performance to the delight of her teeming Nigerian fans.
She performed some of her hit songs like ‘I like It That’, ‘Girls Like You’, ‘Bodak Yellow’, ‘Money’ among others.
The Chief Creative Director of Livespot36 – the organizers of the festival, Dare Art Alade, while speaking at the largely-attended festival said:
“We know how much love the fans have for Cardi B and this was one of the reasons we chose to give fans a special experience to see the queen of hip-hop live in Lagos. However, we also are aware of the massive appeal of some of our Nigerian music acts. The show will definitely have been incomplete without these music stars, and this is why we all had a great time at Live Spot Festival”.
Cardi B who was quickly nicknamed Chioma B in Nigeria did not just come to Nigeria to perform and leave with her paycheck. She showed massive love for the country and her beautiful people. She visited motherless babies’ home with several gifts.
She also had a swell time clubbing in some of the famous clubs in Lagos. At one of the clubs, she reportedly splashed a whooping 3 million naira.
Nigerians do not waste time in returning any love shown to them. The comely rapper genuinely showed her love for Africa and this easily gained her endearment from millions.
Cardi B left Nigeria on Sunday to Ghana where she was received with equal love and energy.
However, some Ghanian celebrities had earlier complained that they were snubbed by Cardi B when they came to her hotel to have a ‘Meet & Greet’ with her and she did not show up but she later cleared the air on what happened, saying she was not informed about the meeting and immediately promised to meet the guest celebrities.
She is expected to return to the United States on Monday.
Zozibini Tunzi sends message to South Africans after being crowned Miss Universe
The show which lasted 3 hours was hosted by Steve Harvey and former beauty queen and actress, Vanessa Lachey
Reigning Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe 2019. The Beauty queen’s crowning as the 68th Miss Universe took place on Sunday, 8 December 2019 at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The show which lasted 3 hours was hosted by the famous comedian, Steve Harvey alongside former beauty queen and actress, Vanessa Lachey.
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Beautiful Tunzi was crowned by departing Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray as pageantry tradition demands. Tunzi is now the third South African to have been crowned Miss Universe. Others were Margaret Gardiner and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters who were crowned in 1978 and 2017 respectively.
Her crowning also launched the brand-new “Power of Unity” crown which is said to be worth about R73 million.
The newly-crowned queen has come out to thank South Africans for the support they gave her during the pageantry. While speaking after her victory, the 26-year who hails from Tsolo, Sidwadweni in East Cape said:
“Ah, I’m so ecstatic. I think everyone is still waking up by the way. They are going to wake up to a storm of news. I don’t think I have ever had as much support as I did coming into the Miss South Africa crown and so I think this will be something extra and very special for everyone back at home.”
South Africans are awake and have reacted brilliantly to the news of Zozibini Tunzi being crowned Miss Universe 2019 on Twitter. See what some have said:
While one Twitter user who goes by the handle @Loisabels18 refers to the fact that Zozibini Tunzi was crowned by the immediate past Miss Universe from the Philippines who received her own crown from a former South African Miss Universe, another user tweeted “…Nothing could ever beat natural African beauty.”
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