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Don Jazzy, Wizkid, Davido, Makes Forbes’ Top 10 Richest African Musicians List

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Africa
Respected business magazine, Forbes, has
released a list of its top 10 African richest
musicians. Acts like, Akon, Jidenna, Wizkid,
Tinashe, Davido, Don Jazzy and Sarkodie, made
the list.
Forbes Africa list was put together using factors
such as endorsement, popularity, show rates,
sales, awards, YouTube views, appearance in
newspapers, investment, social media presence,
etc.
Below is the list of the artistes that made it;

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 his
ranked 10th richest musician in Africa.

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