Music is considered great medicine and food for the soul. The continent of Africa has tremendously grown over the years as has its music. The African music industry has produced some popular musicians who have received an accolade for blending the African songs with western pop music coupled with African dance to bring massive revolution. These musicians have accumulated vast wealth. Below is a highlight of the Top 10 Richest African Musicians in 2015.
P-Square is a household name in Africa. These Nigerian identical twin brothers; Peter and Paul own the Square Records through which they produce and release albums. They are considered among the wealthiest musicians in Africa making approximately $ 150,000 per show. They stormed the music industry in 2012 by signing with the Universal Music South Africa in a record distribution contract. They also have a pact with Globalcom as brand ambassadors where they get millions of dollars annually.
2. Ujah Idibia
Ujah commonly who trades as 2 Face Idibia is a Nigerian song-wrier, singer, actor and producer.He has so far won 40 awards and boasts of six albums. Ujah has a huge investment in real estate and night clubs in Nigeria. He also owns the 2Face Idibia Reach-Out Foundation and has served as the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control Ambassador. He is surely one of the big names in the African music industry.
3. Fally Ipupa
Fally is a renowned songwriter and singer from DRC. He previously worked with Quartier Latin International of Koffi Olomide before beginning a solo career. His hard work and talent saw him win the Kora Awards for Best Artist from Central Africa in 2007 and later the MTV Africa Music Awards for best video in 2010.He is a brand ambassador for many cloth brands in Paris and is well known for revolutionizing the Lingala Music.
4. Jose Chameleone
Joseph Mayanja is a Ugandan artist that popularly trades Joe or Jose Chameleone. The Valu Valu is hit that everybody enjoys and has massively popularized Ugandan music in the continent. Doctor Chameleone has perfectly combined the Central African Rhumba, Ugandan folk music with a reggae background to make him gain acceptance and great admiration. Jose is the richest in East Africa and owns a huge mansion in Sekuga hills at the outskirts of Kampala with several Cadilac Escalade and Premio among other aristocratic models.
5. Koffi Olomide
If you have not heard of this man then probably you don’t live in this world! This Congolese music icon is a talented dancer, producer and composer of soukous music. Olomide has produced many albums and is considered one of the most influential and successful African musicians. Rive Gauche, Haut de Gamme and Koweit are among his most selling albums in the market. It is said he charges above $ 100,000 for a show.
Also trading as Koko Master, Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo is a Nigerian songwriter and harmonica player who was born in 1980.He has made massive investments including a series of koko lounges, koko water and a prestigious club in Nigeria. He has a crib in Atlanta to the tune of $ 1.5million and is currently paid over $100000 per show. This musician was also a chief campaigner of former President Goodluck Jonathan and has won several Awards.
7. Hugh Masekela
South Africa gave birth to one of the names to reckon with in the year 1939. Hugh is a flugelhornist, cornetist, trumpeter and singer. Masekala is a proud owner of a well known professional studio in Botswana and also amerces massive wealth from the sale of his albums and invitations to various global events. He has received a number of awards including Order of Ikhamanga by President Zuma, African Legend Awards, Ghana Music Awards just to mention a few.
8. Banky W
Olubankole Wellington, born in 1981 in the US is Nigerian R&B singer who began singing in church at a tender age. He later studied Engineering in the New York where he won many awards. Banky is the brand ambassador of Etisalat mobile company in Nigeria and great promoter of Samsung products in West Africa. His talent has enabled him acquire enormous wealth and currently he has a charity organization that promotes education among the poor children.
9. Salif Keita
Salif was born in Mali on 25th August 1949 and has done a lot to improve the African music industry. He is commonly referred to as the Golden Voice of Africa due to his exceptional Afro-pop music style. This rich but humble man is a proud owner of an island in France and numerous real estates. He is a direct descendant of Sundiata Keita, the founder of Mali Empire.
10 Youssou N’dour
Youssou is a Senegalese singer born on 1st October 1959. He is well known for his talent in music composition, songwriting, and acting and also doubles up as a musician and a politician. He is a music icon in Senegal and having popularised the music style referred to as Mbalax in Serer language. This musician owns the biggest TV and radio station in Senegal and has a massive investment in real estate. He has worked as the Senegalese cultural ambassador and the year 2012 saw him being ushered in as the tourism and culture minister.