Forbes Africa has published the list of ten (10) richest African artists of the year 2017 in its May edition.
According to Channel O, a South African music station, these ten singers were selected on the basis of factors such as advertising contracts, brand value, winnings, bookings, popularity and presence on social media.
The list shows that African artists make a lot of money in Africa.
10. Oliver Mtukudzi – Zimbabwe
Oliver (Tuku) Mtukudzi has already recorded 65 albums – more than Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. It is a remarkable career that has lasted for 41 years, with songs that have animated evenings around the world.
9. Sarkodie – Ghana
You can not talk about Ghanaian music without referring to Sarkodie. It literally imposed itself on the music industry in Ghana. Sarkodie has managed to carve a way for no one to reach it. Not only is he incredibly talented, he is also a youth ambassador to Ghana. He created the Sarkodie Foundation to tackle the plight of the homeless and disinherited children in his country. In the trade, he has a clothing brand, Sark clothing.
He is also an ambassador of the Samsung Electronics brand. He has won more than 14 awards.
8. Davido – Nigeria
Davido has seen a remarkable rise in just five years. An unexpected success, It is widely known as ‘Omo Baba Olowo’. He has several international and local awards.
7. Wizkid – Nigeria
Wizkid is undoubtedly currently one of the champions of African music. The artist was awarded the Grammy. Alicia Keys and her husband, Swizz Beatz, danced on her songs Ojuelegba and Caro. The singer Keys even posted a video on her Instagram account with the legend ” This song makes me happy” and Kylie Jenner has published a video dancing on Wizkid’s music on snapchat.
6. Jidenna – Nigeria
At the age of 10, Jidenna Theodore Mobisson knew he wanted to make music but was afraid to tell his father, who wanted him to be an engineer.
5. Tinashe – Zimbabwe
Tinashe Kachingwe, aged twenty-four, began singing before she could articulate the words. His Zimbabwean father Michael and his mother Aimie from Denmark have always helped him. Tinashe was a model of child at the age of three. She made her first appearance in 2000 in the movie Cora Unashamed and her voice served in the comic book The Polar Express with actor, Tom Hanks.
4. Don Jazzy – Nigeria
3. Hugh Masekela – South Africa
Born in Witbank, east of Johannesburg, Hugh Masekela is committed to restoring the African heritage. This world-renowned trumpeter, composer and singer has released more than 43 albums and played with Marvin Gaye, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Fela Kuti, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Miriam Makeba.
2. Black Coffee – South Africa
Black Coffee, with his real name Nkosinathi Maphumulo, has done much for the music of his country, South Africa. The award-winning artist was born in a province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). He was raised in Eastern Cape, before returning to KZN to study music. Today we can say that it was well worth it, to see its success.
1. Akon – Senegal
Just his name Akon is enough for this list. This African and international superstar has become one of the greatest stars of music worldwide. He launched the careers of Lady Gaga and T-Pain. He is the CEO of Konvict Music, an ambassador of several brands. He did what everyone wanted to do. His best asset is that his ties with Africa are still quite strong, working with P-Square, Wizkid, to name a few. He has been known for opening doors to other African artists.