The list of Top 7 Most Richest African Musicians currently circulating as being released by Forbes, include Youssou N Dour, Black Coffee, 2face, Don Jazzy. . . . . . . . .
7. YOUSSOU N’ DOUR
Youssou N’Dour born 1 October 1959 is a Senegalese singer, songwriter, composer, occasional actor, businessman, and politician. In 2004, he was described as, “the most famous singer alive” in Senegal and much of Africa. From April 2012 to September 2013, he was Senegal’s Minister of Tourism. Youssou N’ Dour was among those that reshaped a style of music known in the serer language as Mbalax which is a popular Senegalese music type. It is attributed to him as the richest musician in Africa. He owns the biggest media house in Senegal with radio and TV stations with a lot of investments in real estate. He once also served as a Senegalese Cultural ambassador. In April 2012, Youssou N’ Dour was appointed the tourism and culture minister in the cabinet of new prime minister Abdoul Mbaye.
Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo born 9 June 1980, known by his stage name D’banj, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, musician, entrepreneur and TV host. He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards,
He adopted the stage name D’banj, a combination of his first name, Dapo, and his surname, Oyebanjo. D’banj is currently best known internationally for his 2012 summer hit “Oliver Twist, an uptempo dance fusion of Afrobeat and electronic dance music that topped the African charts 2011 and was a top 10 hit in the UK singles chart in 2012 reaching No. 2 on the UK R&B chart.
As of 2016, D’banj is ranked to be the richest solo musician in Nigeria. Dbanj is the first African artist signed to Kanye West’s Good Music lable. He was also campaigner for President Goodluck Jonathan and has a series KOKO Lounges, a high end club in Nigeria and other investments including KOKO Water. D banj also made $1 Million dollar by a TV station to star on his own reality show called the KOKO Mansion. He has a crib in Atlanta worth of $ 1.5 Million and reportedly charges on the upside of $100000 per show.
P-Square are a Nigerian R&B duo of identical twin brothers Peter Okoye and Paul Okoye. They produce and release their albums through Square Records. In December 2011, they signed a record deal with Akon’s Konvict Muzik label. In May 2012, they signed a record distribution deal with Universal Music’s South African branch. On 8 October 2015 P-Square were given Range Rover SUVs from Globacom as Glo Ambassadors for their sponsorship of the #DanceWithPeter TV Radio entertainment programme.
The programme brings dancers from around the world to showcase their talents for prizes.
On 24 February 2016 News of how Globacom decided not to renew its Ambassadorship deal with the duo, albeit renewing the contract with other Ambassadors hit the news. This was as a result of a fallout between the company’s representatives and Peter, one half of the P-Square twins during the grand finale of the Dance with Peter talent hunt show. In January 2014, the Okoye brothers bought mansions next door to one another in Atlanta.
4. KOFI OLOMIDE
Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba born 13 July 1956, known professionally as Koffi Olomide, is a Congolese soukus singer, dancer, producer, and composer. He has had several gold records in his career. He is the founder of the Quartier Latin International orchestra with many notable artists, including Fally Ipupa and Ferré Gola. It s reported that Koffi Olomide charges up to 100,000 euros per show. His album Haut de Gammes. Koffi Olomide is widely accepted as one of Africa’s biggest and most successful musicians today and is among the Answers Africa list of Richest Musicians in African Music.
Innocent Ujah Idibia born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, better known by his stage name 2face Idibia, or 2Baba, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. He officially discontinued the use of the name Tuface and selected 2baba or Tu-baba as his stage name. He is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa. He is also one of the most bankable artists in Africa.
2Face has established an NGO called 2Face Idibia Reach-Out Foundation. Whose motto is “service to humanity”. In 2009, 2Face was appointed as ambassador by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. He released a song “Man Unkind” to raise awareness on the menace of fake and sub-standard food and drug products in Nigeria. In 2009, he was presented with the prestigious International Youth Ambassador for Peace Summit and the Nigeria Youth Merit Award by the National Youth Council of Nigeria in recognition of his contributions to youth development in Nigeria. Tu Face is presently one of the Judges in The Voice Nigeria, alongside other artists like Timi Dakolo, Patoraking and Waje.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun born 16 July 1990, better known by his stage name Wizkid (sometimes stylised as WizKid), is a Nigerian singer and songwriter who became the first Afro Pop artist to feature in Guinness World Records for his contribution on the hit song “One Dance”. He started recording music at age 11 and managed to release a collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed. In 2009, he signed a record deal with Banky W.’s record label Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E).
He rose to prominence in 2010 with the release of the song “Holla at Your Boy” from his debut studio album, Superstar (2011). “Tease Me/Bad Guys”, “Don’t Dull”, “Love My Baby”, “Pakurumo” and “Oluwa Lo Ni” were also released as singles from the Superstar album. Wizkid’s self-titled second studio album, Ayo, was released in September 2014 and was preceded by six singles: “Jaiye Jaiye”, “On Top Your Matter”, “One Question”, “Joy”, “Bombay” and “Show You the Money”.
n 2016, Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit, “One Dance”, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. In addition to his solo work, Wizkid has collaborated with several other artists and was featured on the hits “Girl” (with Bracket), “Fine Lady” (with Lynxxx), “Sexy Mama” (with Iyanya), “Slow Down” (with R2Bees), “The Matter” (with Maleek Berry), “Pull Over” (with KCee) and “Bad Girl” (with Jesse Jagz). He was ranked 5th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists. In February 2014, Wizkid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter.
1. DON JAZZY
Michael Collins Ajereh, better known as Don Jazzy, is a Nigerian record producer, singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He co-founded the now defunct record label Mo’ Hits Records in 2004. Following the closure of the aforementioned record label, Don Jazzy set up Mavin Records on May 8, 2012.
Soon after Ajereh’s split from D’Banj, the Samsung company introduced to the market “Built for Africa” products including an Afro-Pop home theatre launched in Cape Town with Ajereh endorsing. In 2012, Ajereh appeared in Moses Inwang’s movie The Last 3 Digits in Nollywood. Inwang also cast Ali Baba, A.Y., Nonso Diobi and Dr. Sid.