Forbes Africa has released their list of Richest African musicians. The list was put together using factors such as endorsement value , popularity , show rates , sales, awards, YouTube views , appearance in newspapers , investment , social media presence , Influence and others .
They include :
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 .
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