The Era Of Afrobeats
African artists are breaking their own boundaries and rewriting the blueprint. The past year and a half has been proof of that. Take Burna Boy for example. He has made history in the streaming world as the first African artist to have three albums reach 100 million streams on Spotify. He has changed the narrative when it comes to Afrobeats and has pushed the genre to the forefront across the diaspora.
Forbes has released its 2021 list of the richest musicians in Africa, Senegal takes the lead with Youssou N’dour and Skon on the 1st and 2nd spot. However, it’s impressive to see Nigeria dominate the list with artists ranking as the top richest musicians in Africa with their 2021 net worth. The list includes some of the most successful and popular names globally, such as Davido, Wizkid, and Donjazzy.
- Youssou N’dour – Net Worth $145 Million (Senegal)
Youssou N’dour is a singer, songwriter businessman, and actor from Senegal. His singing career started in 1979 and he won a Grammy award for (Best contemporary world music album) 2005.
2. Akon – Net Worth $80 Million (Senegal)
Born Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam is a Senegalese-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur. He has been a music record producer for Michael Jackson and Snoop Dogg. Akon also owned 2 music records which signed the likes of Lady Gaga and T-Pain.
3. Black coffee – Net Worth $60 Million (South Africa)
Nkosinathi Maphumulo is a South African-born DJ, record producer, and owner of Soulistic Music Record Label. He is an international DJ with a global fanbase and bookings.
4. Wizkid – Net Worth $21 Million (Nigeria)
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He founded his record label, Starboy Entertainment in 2013. He gained international recognition after his collaboration hit single with Drake “One Dance”. Wizkid was also featured by Beyonce on “Brown Skin Girl”.
5. Davido – Net Worth $20 Million (Nigeria)
David Adedeji Adeleke is a singer, songwriter, and record producer born in Atlanta, Georgia, US. He’s been signed to Sony Music Entertainment and co-own a record label “HKN Music” with his brother.
6. Don Jazzy – Net Worth $18 Million (Nigeria)
Michael Ajereh is a record producer, singer, songwriter and businessman. He’s won “Producer of the Year”4 consecutive times.
7. Burna Boy – Net Worth $17 Million (Nigeria)
Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu is a 2x Grammy Award nominee and winner, His music career kickstarted in 2012 with his single “Like to party”.
8. 2Baba – Net Worth $16.5 Million (Nigeria)
Ujah Idibia is a singer, songwriter and activist who has worked with Nigeria’s top artists.
9. RudeBoy – Networth $16 Million (Nigeria)
Paul Okoye is a composer, record producer, and singer. His song “Reason with me” had the highest views on YouTube in Africa in 2019.
10. Timaya – Net Worth $12 Million (Nigeria)
Inetimi Odon is a dancehall/Afrobeat singer, music composer, and the youngest of 15 children. He is also an internationally renowned musician.
To win in a competitive space, one needs to set goals and have focus and determination. This list features artists who have shown immense determination in the midst of chaos. Nigeria dominating this list is a HUGE win for Africa as a whole. We love to see it!