Richest African Musicians

The list of Top 10 Richest African Musicians 2017 currently circulating as being released by Forbes, however, has not been verified but it includes some popular musicians such as Akon, Black Coffee, Hugh Masekela, Don Jazzy, Tinashe, Jidenna, Wizkid, Davido, Sarkodie and Oliver Mtukudzi. 

These African artists have been ranked according to their endorsement value, popularity, show rates, sales, awards, YouTube views, appearance in newspapers, investment, social media presence, Influence etc.

Below is the names of richest African musicians mentioned.

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Top 10 Richest African Musicians Right Now


Born: April 16th, 1973 (44 years)

Country: Senegal

Net worth: $80 million

Akon has over 35 million albums sold worldwide with numerous awards to his title including five Grammy Award nominations. He has 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs and tops the list as richest African Musician.


Country:  South Africa

Nkosinathi Maphumulo famously known as Black Coffee is a multi-award-winning artist born in South Africa’s house music province, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

He was raised in the Eastern Cape province, where Nelson Mandela hailed from, before moving back to KZN to study music.


Born: April 4, 1939 (78 years)

Country: South  Africa

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


Born: November 26, 1982 (34 years)

Country: Nigeria

Michael Collins Ajereh, aka, Don Jazzy is ranked fourth richest African musician and also first in Nigeria.

He started playing music as a child in church before moving to the UK to pursue his career.


Born: February 6, 1993 (24 years)

country: Zimbabwe-America

Tinashe was a child model by the age of three. The twenty-four-year-old 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.

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Richest African Musicians

Born: 4 May 1985 (age 32 years)

Country: Nigerian-American

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, US by Nigerian parents American and became a recording artist and record producer.

Once said he knew he wanted to do music by age 10, but was afraid to tell his father who wanted him to be an engineer. He is ranked sixth on the list richest African Artists.



Born: July 6, 1990 (26 years)

Country: Nigeria

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, aka, 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 Alicia 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.

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Country: Nigeria

David Adedeji Adeleke, know officially as 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 2012 debut album ‘Omo Baba Olowo.’


Born: July 10, 1988 (28 years)

Country: 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.

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Born:  September 22, 1952 (64 years)

Country: Zimbabwe

Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi has released up to 65 albums – 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 his ranked 10th on the list of richest African musicians.