16 Wealthiest African Musicians

By Keren Mikva AFKI Original Published: September 16, 2013, 9:00 am
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There are artists across Africa whose stars are rapidly rising and they are able to command larger and larger paychecks around the world. Highly influential and each bringing their own unique sound, these artists represent the richest African musicians. Here are the 16 wealthiest African musicians.

Sources: Answers Africa, Allafrica.com, Forbes, and Channel O. Sources: En.wikipedia.org, nairaland.com and allafrica.com.

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  1. Caroline Nyambura | September 17, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Nice article. I really enjoyed it but I never saw Fella Kuti or Miriam Makeba. Actually there were no women at all in this list. Why?

    • Zippy&TheCandles | September 27, 2013 at 7:12 am

      That’s a worrying problem being highlighted across Africa right now. It seems we’re on our way to addressing women’s issues in Politics, but seem to be lacking in several other areas – business, the arts, professions etc. This could never be seen as putting down the men; they’ve worked for their success and we’re proud of them, but we women need to start hustling and breaking glass ceilings

      • daniel uweh | September 28, 2013 at 8:05 am

        Quite agree with you. African women, especially those in the music industry, should stop complaining about equality and start focusing on there talents. If beyounce and many other foreign female musicians can be that successful then our African women can do the same or even better. Makeba was the perfect example.

    • daniel uweh | September 28, 2013 at 7:48 am

      because its the richest musicians ranking, not most popular or best neither is about legends long gone. About women not being in the list. please can you name at least one very rich and popular living woman?

      • daniel uweh | September 28, 2013 at 7:50 am

        female musician of course

        • Rose | November 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm

          How about Yvonne Chakachaka, how come she is not on this list?

      • sophie | October 4, 2013 at 11:42 am

        Oprah Winfrey is one living very rich woman, to name a few

        • Matthew | October 7, 2013 at 1:18 am

          Errr Sophie, Are Oprah a African Female musician??

        • Gaz Wkd | October 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm

          daniel uweh didn’t specify ‘African’ when he asked for a very rich and popular living woman. So sophie is in fact correct.

        • annonymous | October 26, 2013 at 9:43 am

          IS Oprah AN African…………..!!!!!!@d0dbf163fdbc3dedd6746a4a48fe2157:disqus we are all literates

        • Mailie Marshalls | October 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm

          She is not African

        • EssayWritingCentre.Com | October 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm

          The title is “Top 10 Richest African Musicians”, Oprah is neither African, nor a musician

        • Job Onyango | October 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

          Sade from Nigeria, do you remember her?

        • Job Onyango | October 25, 2013 at 10:37 am

          Angela Kedjo also African

        • Syd Embenzi | December 4, 2013 at 8:21 am

          Angelique Kidjo

    • Mailie Marshalls | October 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      The article – “Top 10 Richest African Musicians”

      Why should there be any Woman on the list ??? It’s a Ranking

      Wake up !!

      • Patriot | October 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm

        Top 10 Richest yes but where are the figures to show their net worth?

      • Barach | November 13, 2013 at 8:43 am

        Mailie Marshalls yes it’s The Top 10 Richest African Musicians. There could be a woman (if at all a deserving lot) in the list because women make great musicians as well.

  2. Andriana Goldiemon | September 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    make money from here http://www.billionairesgroup.org/?ref=goldie and you maybe making the forbes list

  3. Jimmjims | September 29, 2013 at 9:27 am


  4. Piet | September 30, 2013 at 1:58 am

    What about Steve Hofmeyer? Surely he should feature?

    • fyah_blaze | March 25, 2014 at 1:33 am

      Hofmeyer can pull a crowd of about 100 and his fans are mostly in Kuruman…nuff said :)

  5. mista | September 30, 2013 at 6:03 am

    ummmm great list but where is Akon????? he is top of the list I would think with an estimated net worth of 80mill

  6. sss | October 3, 2013 at 7:36 am

    no woman……. organizations based on fighting for woman rights should see this

  7. Kenneth Achoka | October 5, 2013 at 9:02 am

    How i held my breadth until i saw that number 1 slot Youssou N’dour! Very accurately researched. Caro Nyambura – Fella Kuti & Miriam are both dead; this is a list of living musicians -otherwise we would have Franco, Brenda, etc. Kenyan musicians are a confused lot!

    • Job Onyango | October 25, 2013 at 10:38 am

      what about Femi Kuti?

  8. Mannie | October 5, 2013 at 11:10 am

    This is freakingly goodnews to the nigerians artistry…. But one must be good at what he is best at doing

  9. vincent | October 13, 2013 at 4:00 am

    nice one there, are you sure your research team came to Ghana?

  10. gucci | October 14, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    This is baseless… Where are the figures?

  11. defacto6969 | October 15, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Typical African perspective – DRIFFLE without facts and figures –
    Africans = All talk and no action

  12. Tashah Mandah | October 18, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Was hoping i could see something like Redsan in the list!!!.

    • colonel Satima | November 8, 2013 at 3:56 am

      Poor you

  13. Patriot | October 20, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Shallow article full of speculation. Where are the figures? Numbers don’t lie. What is the criteria used for ranking? Net worth or pay per show?…..

    • Name | October 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      In 2005 Youssou N’Dour won his first American Grammy Award…..featured on Rolling Stone Magazine in 2004…….featured on New York Times….

      • Patriot | October 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm

        Show me the money…All am asking, not fame!!

  14. EssayWritingCentre.Com | October 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    unsubstantiated rumors about “riches”…where are the figures and the source of the info on wealth??

  15. gabarinocheka | October 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

    it wont be fair until i see oliver Mutukudzi (Zimbabwe)

    • Syd Embenzi | December 4, 2013 at 8:24 am

      His wealth in Zimbabwe dollars?

      • fyah_blaze | March 25, 2014 at 1:40 am

        Mtukudzi is not rich agreed….for your info, a little bit of reading would help as Zim has been using USDs for over 5 years now, anyone who talks of Zim dollars is out of touch with reality on the ground.

        • Syd Embenzi | March 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm

          Of course I am not a citizen to know what is going on the ground. Still Zimbabwe doesn’t have much in foreign currency to adopt the US dollar for their local trade.

        • mikey | April 6, 2014 at 5:04 pm

          zim does

        • Syd Embenzi | April 7, 2014 at 2:13 pm

          Are you referring to US dollars held by Mugabe and his cronies? Of course that’s alot for them to spend in their local markets considering the value of the Zimbabwe dollar.

  16. gabriel | October 27, 2013 at 8:27 am

    what about ASA from Nigeria, she is a nigeria number one female musician and one of the richest in Africa

    • Emir of Emirates | October 27, 2013 at 11:35 am

      says who?

  17. Bawa | October 28, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Could you please tell us how much they are worth individually and maybe your methodology of deciding who fits where? thank you

  18. chi9ja | October 31, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    wiz kid nko

  19. DAR-ROSHA | November 1, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Well i think the research team needs to do their assignment so well, cuz that was a poor details uploaded on here……….i cant imagine “DON JAZZY” won’t be there Lol……abeg make una go do una home work well.

  20. jlaaaa | November 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Richest African musician is
    Amr Diab of Egypt get this stupid article out of here!!!

  21. Lou | November 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    There’s no artiste from South Africa on the list

    • nkosi g | November 15, 2013 at 2:09 am

      Hugh Masekela?

  22. George | November 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Fella was not rich

  23. dave | November 12, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    rubbish list

  24. Mauri Yambo | November 17, 2013 at 10:26 am

    A rich list with no comparative figures is a fraud

  25. workingspells | November 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing

  26. mercy | November 19, 2013 at 1:21 am

    kenyans…what a shame…when will we get up to the ranks or is it the music that is just local and not appreciated internationally

  27. bethudo | November 19, 2013 at 8:51 am

    What about Don Jazzy

    • andrew | November 20, 2013 at 9:13 am

      don jazzy isnt a musician,yes he features on songs but he is popularly known as a producer.

  28. Tessa Akumu | November 20, 2013 at 10:17 am

    no kenyan…as in c”mon…..what about kiddum…i dont really listen to his music but i know he should be on the list

    • Smooth Kenyan | November 20, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Kidum charges Ksh 30,000/- per show, around $400, why would he be on this list???! He gets that amount and still has to pay his band members and transport for his equipment. He’s broke.

      • Syd Embenzi | December 4, 2013 at 8:26 am

        Plus he is Burundian not Kenyan.

      • Tessa Akumu | December 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

        haha ok…i thought he got more sawa sawa

    • Jimmieson | November 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

      In East Africa there are great music women,eg Rose Muhando,with music rocking the world but their money is in pirates’ pockets,its sad

  29. Mwangi Eva | November 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Kenyan music is beautiful but has been murdered by piracy;they largely depend on shows in which they are still underpaid or not paid at all. Until we address this issue our musicians will be ranked nowhere in such lists.

  30. Skelegbor | December 5, 2013 at 12:44 am

    If you guyz love to get this right, about the richest living woman in the world … Is “Folorunsho Alakija” From NIGERIA replaces Oprah Winfrey as richest black woman in the world.

  31. shopandmall.com.ng | December 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

    great piece but you guys really need to do more. When entities like Forbes release their lists, we have good estimates of what everyone is worth. please you can learn one or two things from them. We may assume that people like Youssou N’dour are loaded financially but we all know how these guys make it and squander it over time. So an accurate, current record with estimated figures will be much appreciated in future! thanks

  32. Rosemary Myers | December 9, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Well I must say I am so proud of our black people making it on the world map…well done to all of you….keep on doing it you are great

  33. tateguru | December 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    ko tuku amana

  34. Freelance writer | January 3, 2014 at 1:59 am

    The first rule of writing—-> Facts and figures. Seems the writer googled “Top 10 African Musicians” and slapped in his own ranking by throwing the list around. I feel nothing but sorry for this type of writing. If this was Forbe’s list, I would give it a read but nah. This list is, if anything, nothing but a flimsy attempt at writing something. Poor guy.

  35. Lex | January 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Why are people so shortsighted and sexist? Why does a woman have to be there? if there was a woman who had amassed enough wealth to fit into the list, it would then be an issue. But seeing as there isn’t, why make it a case? People are just looking unnecessarily for conflicts. And for those mentioning Makeba and Sade adu, when last did they get any franchise or make enough money to be considered for the TOP RICHEST MUSICIANS in Africa? People, Come on… Btw, Nice list jare

  36. alpiko | January 28, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Koffi. Your mother is from Sierra Leone.
    Please, All Sierra Leoneans would love to see you performing in the country of the good Lady who contributed to who you are today.
    Good luck and blessing to you your band and family.

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  38. LindiweK | February 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Go do a proper research. P-Square does not have a “devoted following, particularly in South Africa”. Most people here don’t know much about African music, sadly, apart from the few popular tracks they see on Channel O or MTV Base. As for Hugh Masekela, he’s very highly regarded and loved, yes, but the richest in S.A (only SAn on list), by implication, I doubt it very very much.

  39. xOxO | April 7, 2014 at 10:21 am

    To say “WEALTHIEST” is a misleading headline.

  40. Zimbini April | September 3, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Nice one! I had no idea. So happy Salif Keita is on this list

  41. Under age | October 28, 2014 at 10:12 am

    i think the best title for this piece was suppose to be wealthiest west and east Africa musicians.

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