Wizkid, Davido, Don Jazzy & More Named Among Forbes Africa’s Top 10 Richest Musicians List

| May 9, 2017

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Wizkid, Davido, Don Jazzy & More Named Among Forbes Africa’s Top 10 Richest Musicians List

Nigerian music acts, Don Jazzy, Wizkid, and Davido have been listed among the top ten richest African musicians.

The list, drawn by Forbes Africa, is compiled after
considering factors such as endorsement value,
popularity, show rates, sales, awards, YouTube views,
appearance in newspapers, investment, social media
presence, influence and others.

The top 10 are:

1. AKON

Akon has over 35 million albums sold worldwide. He has
won numerous awards including five Grammy Award
nominations and has 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs under
his belt. He tops the list according to Forbes Africa.

2. BLACK COFFEE, SOUTH AFRICA

The multi-award-winning artist’s real name is
Nkosinathi Maphumulo. He was born in South Africa’s
house music province, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and raised
in the Eastern Cape province, where Nelson Mandela
hailed from, before moving back to KZN to study music.

3. HUGH MASEKELA, SOUTH AFRICA

Hugh was born in Witbank, east of Johannesburg. He
has released more than 43 albums and performed with
Marvin Gaye, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Fela Kuti, Paul
Simon, Stevie Wonder and Miriam Makeba.

4. DON JAZZY, NIGERIA

Don Jazzy is ranked fourth richest in Africa and also
first in Nigeria. Like many artists, his real name is
Michael Collins Ajereh, and he started playing music as
a child in church before moving to the UK to pursue his
career.

5. TINASHE, ZIMBABWE-AMERICAN

Tinashe was a child model by the age of three. The
twenty-four-year-old sang before she could talk and
made her first appearance in 2000 in the film Cora
Unashamed. Her voice also starred in the cartoon
feature film The Polar Express alongside Oscar-winning
actor, Tom Hanks.

6. JIDENNA , NIGERIAN-AMERICAN,

By the age of 10, Jidenna Theodore Mobisson knew he
wanted to do music but was afraid to tell his father who
wanted him to be an engineer. He is ranked sixth
according to Forbes Africa.

7. WIZKID, NIGERIA

Wizkid is arguably currently the uncrowned king of
African music. Grammy Award-winning artist, Alicia
Keys and husband Swizz Beatz, danced to his songs
Ojuelegba and Caro, with Keys posting a video on her
Instagram account with the caption, “This song makes
me happy”. Kylie Jenner also posted a video of herself
dancing to Wizkid’s music on Snapchat.

8. DAVIDO, NIGERIA

Davido has claimed a high status in just five years. He
said it was people like P-Square and D’Banj who made
him believe this was possible. He became famous for
his widely acclaimed 2012 debut album “Omo Baba
Olowo”.

9. SARKODIE , GHANA

Michael Owusu Addo started out as an underground
rapper and through the help of Duncan Williams, his
former manager, his career was launched. Staying true
to his identity, he is a big advocate of Azonto, a
Ghanaian genre that is said to have been born out of
Kpanlogo, a traditional dance.

His first single off his fourth album, Mewu, sold almost
4,000 copies on the first day of its release in Ghana. He
was also the first Ghanaian to win a BET award.

10. OLIVER MTUKUDZI, ZIMBABWE

Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi has 65 albums under his belt,
more than the legendary Michael Jackson and Whitney
Houston. It’s a remarkable career stretching back 41
years with songs that have enlivened parties all over
the world.

He is ranked 10th richest musician in Africa.

 



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