According to Answers Africa, These artists represent the richest African
musicians.They Are artists across Africa whose stars are rapidly rising and they are
able to command Huge paychecks around the world. Nigerians dominate the list as
Banky W, 2 Face, P Square and D'Banj makes the cut. Guess who's at No 1 tho.
See full list below.....
10. Jose Chameleone
Jose (or Joe) Chameleone is a Ugandan artist who found his niche blending
traditional Ugandan folk music, a bit of rumba and a heavy reggae influence. He
sings in English, Swahili, and Luganda. His mansion outside of Kampala and four
cars (including a Cadillac Escalade and a Benz) are evidence of his success,
particularly with his hit, "Valu Valu." He's been credited with changing the face of
music in Uganda, as well as making local music accessible to the rest of the
9. Banky W
Born Olubankole Wellington in the U.S., Banky W moved back to Nigeria and grew
up in Lagos, where he began singing at an early age. Finding success early in
singing competitions, most of his wealth has come from endorsement deals with
companies such as Estisalat mobile and Samsung in Nigeria. He also started the
Mr. Capable Foundation, an education charity that provides tuition scholarships for
8. Hugh Masekela
Musical sensation Hugh Masekela is a South African artist who plays a variety of
instruments, including the trumpet, flugelhorn, and cornet, along with singing and
composing his own work. He has been highly praised for his work, with everything
from a Grammy nomination to the Order of the Ikhamanga by President Jacob
Zuma (for achievements in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism, and sports in
South Africa). He has graced prestigious festivals across the world. He is perhaps
best known for his acapella-style singing and collaboration with Paul Simon and
Ladysmith Black Mambazo on the Graceland album and 1987 Graceland tour
7. 2 Face Idibia
Nigerian singer-songwriter 2 Face Idibia began his career as a member of the hip
hop group Plantashun Boyz, but went solo in 2004 after the group split. His most
popular song, "African Queen," took off after being featured in the movie "Phat
Girlz" in 2006, but all of his five albums have been very well-received around the
world. His wealth comes from various real estate investments across Nigeria, as
well as the $80,000 he commands per show.
6. Fally Ipupa
Fally Ipupa, a former member of Quartier Latin International (along with Koffi
Olomidé, to be mentioned later), went solo in 2006 and has been incredibly
successful, both in his home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as
well as internationally. With MTV Africa Music and Kora awards under his belt, he's
racked up clothing endorsement deals in Paris as well as high commissions for his
shows across the world, which are almost always sold-out.
5. Salif Keita
Born and raised in Mali, singer and songwriter Salif Keita has been referred to as
the "Golden Voice of Africa," with his original take on Afro-pop music. Despite his
royal heritage (he's directly descended from Sundiata Keita, the founder of the Mali
Empire), he chose a path of music, bucking the Malian caste system. But this
means that he was loaded even before his music career took off, explaining his
private island and properties across Europe.
4. Koffi Olomidé
Along with fellow Congolese star Fally Ipupa, Koffi Olomidé formed Quartier Latin
as lead singer and vocalist before launching his solo career. Dubbing his style of
music as tcha tcho, he considers it a blend of soukous music (dance music that
originated from African rumba music). He's notorious for taking on controversial
subjects in his lyrics, which has led him to be widely praised and criticized
Raking in over 100,000 euros per show, Olomidé is extremely popular across Africa
and the world. One of his albums is listed in Robert Dimery's book, "1001 Albums
You Must Hear Before You Die."
D'banj, aka the Koko Master, aka Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo, has been killing it in his
native Nigeria and around the world since 2007, and was the first African artist
who signed with the music label GOOD, owned by Kanye West. The recipient of
countless awards, D'banj is known for his unique sound of dance music and Afro
beats. He is involved in a variety of investments including a nightclub in Nigeria,
brands such as Koko water, and was given his own reality show, "Koko Mansion."
P-Square is made up of identical twins, Peter and Paul Okoye, who began singing
and dancing together back in their small Catholic high school in Jos, Nigeria. After
forming the group in 2005, their music developed a devoted following, particularly in
South Africa, and each album outsold the previous one. They were named Artists of
the Year at the 2010 Kora Awards and now bring in more than $150,000 per show.
Best of all, their shared home is worth more than $3 million and has been dubbed
"Squareville." Talk about product placement!
1. Youssou N'dour
Not surprisingly, Youssou N'dour brings it home in the No. 1 spot. This Senegalese
singer is widely considered the most famous singer alive in Senegal and much of
Africa. His style of music is known as mbalax , a mix of Senegalese traditional
music in the Serer language and various styles from around the world including
Cuban rumba, hip hop, jazz, and soul.
With millions around the world in his fan base, he is now the owner of the biggest
media house in Senegal (complete with radio and TV stations) and was appointed
tourism and culture minister in 2012. More importantly, before K'naan had "Waving
Flag" in 2010, N'dour was responsible for the 1998 FIFA World Cup national
anthem, "La Cour des Grands," along with Axelle Red.