THE PLANET’S TOP 5 : MOST SUCCESSFUL AFRICAN
MUSICIANS THIS 2018
Africa is rising! We’ve been quieting watching as the Mother continent and all that she has to offer is on the rise and the international community welcome her with open arms. A hunger for our Motherland music, culture, fashion, food and more is evident throughout the world as the spotlight shines ever so brightly on the richness and talents of Africa. Above all else it seems that the African music market has infiltrated global culture, drawing in international music makers who are fascinated by the unique sounds that we have grown up with, the unmistakable Afro beat. The sensational Ciara selected the streets of Soweto has the backdrop for her exceptional video shoot, “Freak Me”. Here she collaborated with one of South Africa’s favourite designers renowned creative, Trevor Stuurman of Rich Mnisi. So, we wanted to delve in and see which of Africa’s musical stars are rocking the top of the charts, check out the top 5 most successful African Musicians.
Full name: Michael Collins Ajereh
Networth: US$ 100 million
Who is he: Michael Collins Ajereh, best known as Don Jazzy is by far the richest and most successful music producer in Nigeria and arguably West Africa. Don Jazzy is also a singer, songwriter, producer and performer. The only artist without a single album or track to call his own and yet one of the most successful African music industry musos to date.
Full Name: Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam
Networth: US $80 million
Who is he: Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam better known as Akon is a singer, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor of Senegalese descent. He broke into the music industry with his release of Locked Up. Akon has since founded two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. His second album, Konvicted received three nominations for the Grammy Awards in two categories, Best Contemporary R&B Album for Konvicted album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Smack That” and “I Wanna Love You“.
Full name: Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe
Networth: US$6 million
Who is she: Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and model with Zimbabwean descent. Even as a young child, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in entertainment and moved to LA to ensure she turned her dreams into reality.
Full name: Nkosinathi Maphumulo
Networth: US$ 2 million
Who is he: Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo better known as Black Coffee is a South African DJ, record producer, singer and songwriter. His career started in 1995 and he has since released five albums as well as a live DVD. Black Coffee had his big break shortly after being chosen as a participant in the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy held in Cape Town, just over a decade later he went on to win the “Breakthrough DJ of the Year” award at the DJ Awards in Ibiza
Full name: Jidenna Theodore Mobisson
Networth: US$1 million
Who is he: Jidenna Theodore Mobisson is a Nigerian-American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He shot to fame in 2015 when he released the singles “Classic Man” and “Yoga” promoting Janelle Monáe’s label Wondaland Records’ compilation EP The Eephus with Epic Records.
This peace is dedicated to all the Chosen Ones who want to truly change the world with their music. We look forward to writing your name on one of our Top 5 Tuesdays – stay inspired and do not let ANYONE take you for granted. Your purpose is the Higher Power’s purpose as well, now go out there and let the music play!