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Top 10 Richest Musicians In Africa 2022 And Their Net Worth

 

Recently, African musicians have been making the symbol of excellence and wealth, considered opulent, affluential, and also rated as an A-list artist on the global scene, not because of the acceptability of their musical prowess, but the ability to turn the financial table of the event around.

The recent ranking of African richest musician by Forbes international for the year 2022 is a confirmation of such testament.

Not only is African musicians blessed with lyrics, rhythms, beats, and vibes that makes their album such entertaining to the listening pleasure of the entertained, but the wild acceptance across the shores of the oceans is something worthy of observation, for the wider your album goes, the more money you are likely to make.

This implies that the richest African musicians have most of their albums aired across many continents of the world, most especially in the United States and also in the United Kingdom.

They have not only hoisted the name of Africa on the top but have also proved their individual qualities as well. Today, let’s have a look at the top 10 richest African musicians of 2022.

 

1. Youssou N’Dour

Youssou N’dour has a net worth of $145 million and he is the richest musician in Africa. A man who is known for his extraordinary vocal range and for introducing international audiences to mbalax—a Senegalese popular music style.

Born on October 1, 1959, Youssou N’Dour is a Senegalese singer, songwriter, musician, composer, occasional actor, businessman, and politician. Rolling Stone Magazine once described him as, “perhaps the most famous singer alive” in Senegal and much of Africa.

His bedrock in Senegalese music and storytelling remains the hallmark of his artistic personality. After two years in street theatre, Youssou’s career really started in 1972, when he was just thirteen. Papa Samba Diop, known as Mba – leader of the Star Band in Dakar – passed away.

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Youssou sang a tribute to him, a song he composed on stage in Senegal’s Saint-Louis Stadium. “Everyone was still in tears, and I brought a little joy. I was vibrating. Mba was like a star fading from the sky.” At the end of his song, Youssou was given a standing ovation. Youssou N’dou is first on our list of the top 10 richest musicians in Africa

2. Akon

Akon has a net worth of $80 million and he is among the richest musicians in Africa. For several years, Akon has been described as the richest musician from Africa. He’s situated among the world’s most acclaimed musicians.

He was born Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam but fondly called Akon in 1973, to a Wolof descent (the Wolof are an ethnic from Dakar in Senegal). A singer, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur.

Akon rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album Trouble, followed by the second single “Lonely”.

Unfortunately, Akon dropped to the 2nd on the list, which is understandable because of his huge investment in AKONCITY and others who have been gulping his money.

He accrued most of his wealth from the musical sales of his album, which push the sales to over 35 million worldwide, as well as several endorsement deals, plus other investments that have risen to the top of the list of the top 10 richest musicians in Africa. No hesitation over the continual swirls of his fame globally. Akon is second on our list of the top 10 richest musicians in Africa.

3. Black Coffee

Black Coffee has a net worth of $60 million and he is also among the richest musicians in Africa. His real name is Nkosinathi Innocent Sizwe Maphumulo. The South African musician, record producer, singer, and songwriter is also a multiple award DJ, including the Breakthrough DJ of the Year award at the DJ Awards.

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Black Coffee has gotten 9 studio albums to his name since he joined the South African music industry in 1994. These songs have helped him earn so much money to become the richest musician in Africa in 2021.

He started his music career at the Durban University of Technology before becoming a backup singer for South African musician Madala Kunene. Black Coffe is third on our list of the top 10 richest musicians in Africa.

4. Wizkid

Wizkid has a net worth of $30 million and he is also one of the richest musicians in Africa. Apart from singing, Wizkid has secured many endorsements deals with MTN Nigeria, UBA, and GLO (which paid him over $240,000 million to become their ambassador).

In July 2019, the talented singer added more to his net worth after confirming a mega-deal signing for United Bank for Africa (UBA) as their brand ambassador.

He is well-known both outside of the Afrobeat community and within it and has achieved international popularity because of his collaborations with well-known musicians like Chris Brown and Drake. And especially his recent success with Essence where he featured Tems.

After collaborating with other well-known performers, Wizkid expanded into the mainstream music industry. Being the first Nigerian to reach one million followers on Twitter makes him one of the most well-known Nigerians of all time. Additionally, Wizkid has revealed plans to start his own clothing line and was successful in landing hefty endorsement deals with well-known companies like Pepsi.

His songs are still top Billboard’s top 100 Hot music. Wizkid’s musical career can be traced back to 2009 in Empire Mates Entertainment E.M.E records owned by “Banky W” where he recorded his debut album “Superstar” in 2011, which had the Hit track “Holla at Your Boy” which apparently shot him to the limelight. The amazing talent dubbed Machala is the fourth on our list of the top 10 richest musicians in Africa.

5. Davido

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Davido is the highest earner on Instagram in Nigeria.

Davido has a net worth of $28 million and is also among the richest musicians in Africa. Acclaimed Omo Baba Olowo or OBO is a sensational musician in Africa. David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido sits on a net worth estimated at 19 million U.S dollars.

Davido was born in Atlanta, United States of America, to the wealthy Nigerian family of Dr. Adedeji Adeleke. His father is the co-founder of Adeleke University in Osun state and the CEO of Pacific Holdings Limited.

In 2021, Davido has named the highest-earning celebrity on Instagram in Africa. Additionally, he performs in local and international shows, where he earns as much as $20,000 million per performance (in Nigeria) and $30,000 for international performances.

Not to mention, his wealth has been affected positively by his YouTube channel, which has attracted over 663 million views since it was created. Davido is fifth on our list of the top 10 richest musicians in Africa.

6.  Don Jazzy

Don Jazzy has a net worth of $18 million and he is also one of the richest musicians in Africa. Collins Michael Ajereh, popularly known by his stage name, Don Jazzy

started his musical career with his collaborations with D’banj, where the duo made different hit tracks as Mo’hits. This was before they parted ways about a decade ago. After separating from D’banj, Don Jazzy created the Mavins Records Label.

Also, a producer and entrepreneur, Don Jazzy’s net worth is estimated to be over $18 million.  He is hailed for having an eye for talent. Just this year, on January 21, 2020, he announced the signing of a female artiste, Ayra Starr, into his music fold.

Although, Don Jazzy is known for his wonderful music production, his hard work, in addition to his persistence, has helped him in his business dealings with artists both within and outside the country. Don Jazzy is seventh on our list of the top 10 richest musicians in Africa.

7. Burna Boy

Burna Boy has a net worth of $17 million and he is among the richest musicians in Africa. Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu known worldwide as Burna Boy is a Nigerian singer, rapper, songwriter, and dancer.

He is also rated as one of the best musicians in Nigeria. Relocating to Lagos was the best move for Burna Boy as it further helped his career. He started gaining recognition in the music industry in 2012 when he released his hit single ‘Like to Party’ from his debut album L.I.F.E.

Burna Boy sold Up to 40,000 copies of L.I.F.E. on the first day of its release. Also, Burna Boy sold L.I.F.E marketing rights to Uba Pacific. Burna Boy is making waves both domestically and abroad and has enjoyed a great music career.

His most recent album, Twice as Tall, was released in 2020 and quickly rose to fame both domestically and internationally. The record led to his nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album in 2021.

No doubt, Burna Boy’s career has been lavish with success. In 2020, Burna Boy released his most recent music album, Twice as Tall, making waves nationally and internationally. The album earned him a 2021 Grammy Award nomination for the Best Global Music Album. Burna Boy is eighth on our list of the top 10 richest musicians in Africa.

8. 2Face Idibia

2face Idibia
2face Idibia

2Face has a net worth of $16.5 million and he is also among the richest musicians in Africa. 2Face, now called 2Baba was born Innocent Ujah Idibia and remains one of the most influential Nigerian artists ever.

He was part of a musical group called “Plantashun Boiz” before he signed to the Kennis Music Record Label. His Net Worth is $16 million. 2Fcae was born in Plateau State, Nigeria, on 18th September 1975.

Even though he was born in Jos, he is an indigene of Benue State. More so, 2Face is one of the oldest musicians in Nigeria that are still active in the Nigerian music industry.

He, however, has won different awards like the MTV Music Awards, Headies and BET Awards. Even though 2face likes living a private life, it’s not hard to tell that he possesses luxurious cars and houses.

2Face has earned so much money in his music career, making him one of the richest musicians in Africa in 2022. 2face is ninth on our list of the top 10 richest musicians in Africa.

9. Rude Boy

After Paul Okoye and his identical twin brother Peter Okoye disbanded Psquare, Paul changed his stage name to Rudeboy while Peter was simply called Mr. P.

Paul Okoye also known as Rudeboy has a net worth of $16 million and he is among the richest musicians in Africa.

Rudeboy started his music career singing in school shows with his twin brother Peter Okoye (Mr. P) while attending music school. The duo was popularly known as P-Square.

Together with his twin brother, released six hit albums, five of them being under their record label (Square record Label) and one under Timbuk2 Music Label before they separated themselves due to a dispute.

After the disbandment of P-Square in 2017, both band members sought separate musical careers. Rudeboy released his debut solo tracks titled ‘Fire Fire’ and ‘Nkenji Keke’ in 2017.

His song “Reason With Me” generated the highest views on YouTube in Africa in 2019. Paul Okoye is the founder of Fire Department Inc, a record label he established in 2019.

P-first square’s biggest hit was the single “Senorita,” and it was followed by a string of other hits that opened doors for them all over the world. The duo “Peter & Paul Okoye” cannot be disregarded while discussing successful music industry veterans. Paul Okoye is tenth on our list of the top 10 richest musicians in Africa.

 

10. Timaya

With a net worth of $10 million, the tenth-richest musician in Africa is Inetimi Timaya Odon, also known as Timaya. He is a singer and composer from Nigeria. He is also a native of the Bayelsa state town of Odi. DM Records Limited was created by Timaya. In 2005, he released the breakthrough tune “Dem Mama,” which marked the start of his musical career. He released his debut album, ‘True Story’ a year later. Timaya began his musical career as a backup vocalist before being hailed as the King of Dancehall in Nigeria. He has a long history in the Nigerian music industry and over that period has won numerous accolades, including Best Reggae/Dancehall Album.

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