According to the list, the top 20 richest musicians in Africa are determined based on their net worth, along with other factors such as social media and influence.
- Youssou N’Dour – net worth $145 million
- Akon – net worth $80 million
- Black Coffee – net worth $62 million
- Wizkid – net worth $30 million
- Davido – net worth $26 million
- Don Jazzy – net worth $17 million
- Rudeboy – net worth $14 million
- Mr P – net worth $12.5 million
- 2Baba aka 2Face Idibia – net worth $12.2 million
- D’Banj – net worth $12 million
- Banky W- net worth $10.5 million
- Mr Flavour – net worth $ 9.7 million
- Sarkodie- net worth $9.5 million
- Diamond Platnumz – net worth $9 million
- Tiwa Savage- net worth $9 million
- Bobi Wine- net worth $8.5 million
- Akothee- net worth $8 million
- Jose Chameleone- net worth $7.5 million
- Tinashe- net worth $7.2 million
- Fally Ipupa- net worth $7 million
African Musicians have shown dominance and prowess in the global scene. The occurrence lifted many artists to enjoy fame and fortune.
Many are already seasoned singers and well respected in the industry. They are even mentioned in the Forbes richest in Africa under the musicians in Africa category.
The top 20 richest musicians in Africa are evaluated based on their net worth. Other criteria like social media and influence are also considered. All these factors strongly influence the earnings of these stars.
Curious to know who they are? Let’s get on with the list.
Youssou N’Dour – net worth $145 million
Youssou N’Dour is the top man on the list. He is from Senegal and was born on October 1, 1959. N’Dour has been active in the entertainment business since the 1970s.
He started his career at age 15 as a member of Super Diamono.
Then the following year joined the Star Band. His success paved the way for forming another group É toile de Dakar. His third group was short-lived and replaced by Super É toile de Dakar.
N’Dour was praised for his unique voice. In the 1990s he decided to produce music. He established his record label Jololi in this era.
His most popular global hit “7 Seconds” was released in 3 languages. He has received an American Grammy plus other awards and an honorary doctorate from Yale University.
Besides music and business, he also ventured into politics. He became Minister of Tourism and Leisure in 2012. Then N’Dour became Special Adviser to the President.
He was tasked to promote the country overseas. He is also known as an activist who is not afraid to express his own opinion. That is why it is no wonder he is in the first name in Forbes musician in Africa that is rich.
Akon – net worth $80 million
Born as Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, this prodigy went by the stage name Akon. He is of African roots, particularly Senegalese but his birthplace is in New Jersey. His birthday is was April 16, 1973.
Akon’s net worth is high due to his status as a singer, record producer, songwriter, philanthropist, and businessman. His claim to fame was in 2004 after he released the single “Locked Up” featuring Styles P. Then it was followed by another phenomenal song “Lonely”. He later founded two profitable record labels and received numerous music awards.
Akon gives back to the community through his project, “Akon Lighting Africa“. This supports 15 countries in Africa to have better access to electricity.
He also supports underprivileged youth through the Konfidence Foundation. It is a charity organization he launched himself.
Black Coffee – net worth $62 million
Born as Nkosinathi Maphumulo on March 11, 1976, Black Coffee is another wealthy man on the list.
He is a popular and multi-awarded Music DJ in South Africa. This musician is also popular overseas.
As proof in 2005, he was awarded the Breakthrough DJ Of The Year award at the DJ Awards in Ibiza.
Since starting his career in 1994, his main music genre is electronic. His fans applaud his awesome creativity.
At present, he has released 6 studio albums. This talented man has collaborated with other artists such as Mi Casa, David Guetta, and Usher.
Aside from being a DJ and songwriter, Black Coffee also has an established record label.
Wizkid – net worth $30 million
Wizkid’s real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun who was born on June 16, 1990. This talented Nigerian singer harnessed his skills by participating in the church choir.
The main music genre he excels in is R&B. He gained fame after releasing the lead single “Holla at Your Boy”. It is from his 2011 debut album titled “Superstar”.
As proof of his popularity, Wizkid is the most streamed Nigerian artist. He also landed a big endorsement deal with Pepsi and Guinness. Both deals have a huge contribution to his wealth.
He is also creative with his fashion sense. This artist likes to wear clothes that are a mix of traditional Nigerian and modern streetwear. Due to his unique style, he is also dubbed a fashion icon.
Davido – net worth $26 million
Davido is another proud Nigerian on the list. His real name is David Adedeji Adeleke. His birthday is November 21, 1992.
He is of Nigerian descent but was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an amazing singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Davido is known for his high-quality songs. He reached popularity with his single “Dami Duro” in 2012. It is from his debut solo album entitled “Omo Baba Olowo”. He is now considered a household name in Nigeria.
Aside from music and his record label DMW, the majority of his wealth also comes from endorsement deals. He is signed by many reputable companies like MTN pulse, Guinness Nigeria, Infinix Mobile a Hong Kong-based company, and Martell a Cognac maker.
Don Jazzy – net worth $17 million
Born as Michael Collins Ajereh on November 26, 1982, this talented Nigerian is more known as his screen name Don Jazzy. This singer is a quality performer that the MTV brand has chosen him as an ambassador.
He is also knowledgeable in record production. As evidence, he is an audio engineer, a record producer, and an executive. His label Mavin Records has had a roster of successful artists since its establishment in 2012.
He is also involved in other ventures in his home country of Nigeria. At the moment, he is involved in a Wi-Fi technology project called Flobyt Free Wifi.
Rudeboy – net worth $14 million
The Nigerian artist Rude Boy’s real name is Paul Okoye who was born on November 18, 1981. He reached his fame status with his twin brother Peter by working as a duo.
The name of their duo is P-Square. It is one of the most successful duos acts in Nigeria. They had a good run from 2003 till 2017.
After going their separate ways in 2017 Rudeboy released the solo tracks. His popular solo works are “Fire, Fire” and ” Nkenji Keke”. In 2019 his song “Reason With Me” became the highest viewed video on YouTube in Africa.
He also founded a record label Fire Department Inc that same year.
Mr P – net worth $12.5 million
Mr P is a Nigerian singer whose real name is Peter Okoye is the twin brother of Rudeboy. Like his sibling, he is also one of the richest musicians in Africa.
After going solo in 2017 he released a solo single titled “Cool It Down”. Then 2018 he and Nyanda of Brick & Lace worked together. Their collaboration was titled “Wokie, Wokie”.
In 2021, Mr P released his solo debut album. It is named “The Prodigal”.
Like his brother, he also has his music label. The name of his company is PClassic Label. He also is an endorser of popular brands like KIA motors, Olympic Milk, and Adidas.
He also a reality show titled “Dance with Peter talent hunt show”. These are the primary sources of his high net worth.
2Baba aka 2Face Idibia – net worth $12.2 million
2Baba whose birth name is Innocent Ujah Idibia was born on September 18, 1975. This multi-talented Nigerian is a singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer.
His career began as an R&B singer from the group Plantashun Boyz. But his popularity only rose when he released the song “African Queen”.
This multi-awarded singer has released seven albums. He also invested heavily in Nigerian real estate. Aside from his work as an artist and investments, 2Baba also has many endorsement deals.
The list includes Panzino Homes and Gardens, Guinness, and Airtel.
D’Banj – net worth $12 million
Last but not least is Nigerian artist D’Banj, whose real name is Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo. Born on June 9, 1980, he is most remembered for his hit song “Oliver Twist”.
His music genre is wide as this artist has delved into Afrobeats, Afropop, hip hop, and R&B.
D’Banj has had many endorsements deals in the span of his career. It includes Power Fist, Bank of Industry, Globacom, Heritage Bank, Beats by Dre., Ciroc Nigeria, and SLOT.
He gives back to the community through his founded charity. It is named Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development. He is the first Nigerian United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace. He also helps in projects to support agriculture and women’s rights.
Banky W- net worth $10.5 million
This successful Nigerian artist whose birth name is Olubankole Wellington. He was born on March 27, 1981, in New York, United States of America.
At the age of 5 together with his parents, they returned to Nigeria. His main music genre is R&B and is one of the richest musicians in Africa.
Banky W is an established rapper, singer, actor, and entrepreneur. His company E.M.E. was initially established as a record label.
However, he rebranded it in 2018 and changed it to a talent management company. Banky W has starred in several films like The Wedding Party, The Wedding Party, Up North, and Sugar Rush.
He once tried to run for public office. He aimed to be part of Nigeria’s House of Representatives. He aligned himself with the Modern Democratic Party.
Unfortunately was not victorious during the election in 2019.
Mr Flavour – net worth $ 9.7 million
Another name that made it to Forbes richest musicians in Africa is Flavour. His real name is Chinedu Okoli and was born on November 23, 1983, in Enugu State Nigeria.
His humble beginnings in music started in a church. Young Flavour was participating there as a drummer. His rise to fame was with the title “Nwa Baby, (Ashawo Remix)”. This singer and songwriter’s music genre is hip hop, gospel, and Igbo highlife.
He can also play several instruments like drums, guitar, and piano.
This multi-awarded singer has many collaborations with equally talented artists. This talented man’s fee for every appearance is a bit hefty. But despite that organizers and his fans don’t mind. Since he gives a quality performance.
Sarkodie- net worth $9.5 million
Ghana Born as Michael Owusu Addo, Sarkodie was born on July 10, 1988, in Tema, Ghana. This gifted rapper, songwriter, and businessman can perform a variety of music types. The genre that he usually performs is Afrobeat, hip pop, and hiplife.
This multi-awarded singer received a lot of love with his debut album Makye. From then on fans and critics have followed the progress of his career.
He also had the privilege to go on concert tours outside the African continent. Sarkodie has a fashion brand named Sark by Yas clothing line.
He also was an endorser of the Samsung Galaxy Pocket, Obidi Chief headphones, Standard Charted Bank, Pepsodent, and many more products.
Diamond Platnumz – net worth $9 million
Diamond Platnumz was born as Naseeb Abdul Juma Issack on born 2 October 1989. He is a multi-awarded Tanzanian artist. His wide genre of music includes Bongo Flava, Afropop, Afrobeat, and soukous.
Diamond is also a successful entrepreneur. His ventures WCB Wasafi Record label, Zoom Extra, and Wasafi media are quite profitable.
Diamond Platnumz is very popular in East and Central Africa.
As proof of prominence, he is the first African-based musician to achieve high accumulated views on YouTube. He also is an endorser of many products.
Under his portfolio are brands like Pepsi, Parimatch Africa, Nice One Brand, and Coral paints.
Tiwa Savage- net worth $9 million
The beautiful and talented Tiwa Savage’s full name is Tiwatope Savage. The songstress was on born February 5, 1980, in Isale Eko, Lagos State, Nigeria.
She started her music career as a backup singer for music greats such as George Michael, Andrea Bocelli, Kelly Clarkson, and Mary J. Blige.
Her big music break started when she signed with Mavin records in 2012. Tiwa’s music genre is vast. It comprises Afrobeats, R&B, pop, hip hop, and soul.
Aside from being a singer, Tiwa is also an actress and a television personality. She has appeared in productions as a supporting cast or a cameo.
She also did co-hosting jobs when starting off her entertainment career.
Bobi Wine- net worth $8.5 million
Bobi Wine’s success as a singer started with the singles “Akagoma”, “Funtula”, and “Sunda” (featuring Ziggy D). He is prominent in the East African music industry and has received several awards.
The genre which he excels in is reggae, dancehall, and Afrobeat.
He also ventured into acting where he starred in many films and a reality television show called “The Ghetto President”. His successful career as an entertainer earned Bobi popularity and admiration from his countrymen.
He is an educated man who not only finished his university diploma, Bobi also pursued to study law.
In 2017 he took a shoot of engaging in politics and fortunately won a position in the parliament. In 2019 affiliated himself with the National Unity Platform and decided to run for president.
However, he was not elected to the presidential office.
Akothee- net worth $8 million
Akothee’s birth name is Esther Akoth and was born on 8 April 1980 in Migori County, Kenya.
She is a multi-awarded singer and has a roster of many successful songs. The main genre of her music is Benga. As an entertainer, she is also a skilled dancer.
Akothee is very popular in her home country of Kenya. As evidence of her credibility, she was able to collaborate with several reputable African musicians.
She is a successful businesswoman. His admirable woman is the founder of a touring company in Kenya named Akothee Safaris.
She also established Aknotela Entertainment that specializes in advertising, brand Identity, custom publication, digital and web branding. She also has a real estate investment called Akothee Homes.
Akothee is also known to have many luxurious homes. She has private properties on the North Coast of Kenya, Nyanza, Nairobi, Mombasa, Zurich, and Rongo.
The wealthy lady also owns several luxurious cars and a state-of-the-art speed boat. This is the reason why she is one of the musicians in Africa that is wealthy.
Jose Chameleone- net worth $7.5 million
Jose Chameleone’s real name is Joseph Mayanja. He was born on April 30, 1979, in the country of Uganda. He is a multi-lingual singer that is very popular in Uganda.
He has received a lot of awards regarding his works as an artist. His genre of music is Afrobeat and reggae with a mix of Ugandan folk music, zouk, and central African rhumba.
Chameleone entered the music scene by being a DJ then got signed to a record label named Ogopa Deejays. From there he released his debut album and the rest is history.
He is also passionate about life as he is usually involved in projects that aim to lessen poverty. He is also helping in spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS.
Tinashe- net worth $7.2 million
Tinashe is a well-known singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and record producer. Her full name is Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe and was born on February 6, 1993.
Her birthplace is Lexington in Kentucky, she got her Zimbabwean roots from her father.
The lovely lady started in the entertainment business by participating in movies, TV shows, and videos for children. Later on, she joined a girl group named the “Stunners”.
After working together for some time the group disbanded in 2011. She pursued a solo music career that lead to numerous song releases, album launches, and numerous performances.
Tinashe’s awesome vocals fit her genre which is R&B and pop.
Fally Ipupa- net worth $7 million
Fally Ipupa’s full name is Fally Ipupa N’simba. He was born on born December 14, 1977, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This man is a talented singer, songwriter, dancer, guitarist, and producer.
He started his music career as a member of the band Quartier Latin International.
His claim to fame came as he decided to go solo in 2006. It was through his first solo album titled “Detroit Chemin” he reached success.
The album sold more than 100,000 copies and was awarded a gold record. His main genres include Ndombolo, soukous, rumba, and R&B. He also has received numerous citations from award-giving bodies like MTV and BET Awards.
He is also a charitable man. Fally Ipupa is involved in charities that aim to fight poverty and inequality. He did it by participating in the project of the World Bank named “#Music4Dev”.
He also founded his charity Fally Ipupa Foundation in 2013. This organization brings aid to orphanages, victims of abuse, health, and sanitary support. This group is also involved in giving food aid.