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The African continent is home to a lot of budding talents. From time immemorial, music has been interwoven into African culture, customs and traditions. Here we look at top 15 richest musicians in Africa that have revolutionalised the music industry.

Top 15 Richest Musicians in Africa


The Senegalese is a grammy award winner. He has been described by the Rolling stone magazine in 2004 as probably the most famous singer alive. His music is known to thrill and fascinate. He has contributed immensely in making the Mbalax go far and wide. N’dour is a versatile man, having a television station, record label and night club. He is also a UNICEF ambassador.


Popularly known for his ‘Soul Makossa’ single released in 1972, this musician from Cameroon has it all. From reggae, to blues, to spirituals, to electro to soul, he has truly demonstrated his multiple talents. He is regarded as a musical icon because of his inestimable contribution to African music.


This musician from Mali has royal blood flowing through his veins. His decision to become a musician was not welcomed by his family because the career was considered to be beneath someone from a royal family. He was exiled from His village at age 18 because of the superstitious belief that albinos brought misfortune. However Keita was not deterred. He went on to play for a Malian musical group, known as ‘Les Ambassedeurs’ before going solo. He us regarded as one of the founders if Afro-pop and currently the third richest musician in Africa 2017

4. Angélique Kidjo

A strong advocate for the rights of African women, the beautiful and delectable Angélique is a real talent. She was born in Ouidah, republic of Benin. She is a Grammy award winner because of her exceptional music. She is also a UNICEF good will ambassador.


Known for his ‘Rai’ music, which is a combination of French, Arabic, Spanish and African musical influence. The Algerian songwriter and singer is world renowned. He is one of Africa’s best selling artiste of all time, with hits such as ‘Didi’ and ‘Aicha’ topping the charts.


The apple they say, doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
Femi Kuti’s music just like that of his legendary father uses his music to fight against poverty, corruption and other socio-economic issues that plague the African continent. His album, ‘Fight to win’ in which he featured some American artistes like Mos def is regarded as one of the most popular Neo-Afro beat of the century.

7. Yvonne Chaka Chaka

The beautiful South African shot to fame during the height of the apartheid. At the age of 18, she made her appearance on stage and she became a voice that is heard and appreciated. She is known for her songs, ‘I cry for freedom’ and ‘I’m in love with a DJ’. She is a UN ambassador and currently dedicates most of her time to philanthropy. 7th on list of richest musicians in Africa .

8. Koffi Olomidé

The Congolese musician is a graduate of Business Economics with a masters degree from the University of Paris. He is very popular for being a fantastic performer of the African ‘soukous’ music. He has released many albums that are still selling worldwide.

9. Hugh Masekela

From the age of 14, the musical icon began playing the trumpet. Since then, he has been making waves in the music industry, becoming a jazz maestro. He uses his music to combat socio-economic exploitation. The South African musician published his autobiography in 2004; Still Grazing the Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela.

10. Oumou Sangare

She is known for projecting the Wassoulou; a popular traditional music specific to Mali. She is a zealous advocate against polygamy. She is also a successful business woman as she has her own automobile line in partnership with a Chinese automobile firm. The car is named Oum Sang, after her.

11. K’NAAN

The Somalian shot to international fame with his single ‘Waving flag’ used by Coca-Cola as an anthem for the 2010 world cup. He and his family had to move to Ontario-Canada because of a civil war in Somalia. He released his first album in 2006.


From being part of the group, ‘plantashun boys’ to going solo, Innocent Ugah Idibia also known as ‘Tubaba’ has really distinguished himself. A recipient of many awards, both home and abroad, the Nigerian musician is considered a living legend in his country. His single, ‘African Queen’ has become one the most popular love songs of all time. Currently no. 12 on our list of richest musicians in Africa.


The twin brothers from Nigeria, Peter and Paul Okoye, also known as P-square has made it through dint of hardwork. They have become international stars through their enticing songs and captivating dance steps. Their latest single been ‘Bank Alert’.


His first album, ‘Droit Chemin’ made waves in the music industry. Rally began a solo career after being part of Koffi Olomidé’s band for almost seven years. The Congolese singer modernized the Lingala music and has been given many awards for his achievements.

Richest musicians in Africa 2017

Richest Musicians in Africa 2017

15. D’BANJ

Popularly known as the ‘kokomaster’, the Nigerian singer is one of the foremost artistes in the industry. He has received many awards and he’s popular for his hits ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘Mr Endowed’ and so many others. He is also an entrepreneur and number fifteen on our top 15 richest musicians in Africa .

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Updated: May 26, 2017 — 4:09 pm

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