Forbes Africa recently featured the 10 most bankable artists. The top ten were determined based on several factors such as different contracts, brand value, earnings, show rate, popularity, and social media presence.
Check out the list of African artists who make the most money and are in the process of generating more revenue and success in 2018.
10. Oliver Mtukudzi – Zimbabwe
Oliver (Tuku) Mtukudzi has 65 albums under his belt, more than Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston . It’s a remarkable career that dates back to 41 years with songs that have animated parties all over the world. “I never decided to be in the music industry. It was in me. My mother said I was a good singer, ” says Mtukudzi.
9. Sarkodie – Ghana.
You can not mention Ghanaian music and not think about Sarkodie . He literally took the music industry of Ghana at all levels by his rap and everyone pays attention of Tim Westwood to Ludacris . Sarkodie has managed to carve a path for himself. Not only does he have incredible talent, he is also an ambassador for presidential youth in Ghana. He created the Sarkodie Foundation to address the plight of the homeless and needy children in his country. He is also the owner of the clothing brand ” Sark”. The Ghanaian rapper is also one of the ambassadors of the electronics giant Samsung. He won more than 14 awards and made a good deal with the Ghanaian ice cream company Fan Milk Ghana . A real company!
8. Davido – Nigeria.
Davido has only progressed in five years. Since the single Back When Davido is a must in the Nigerian and Afro music sector. “It was people like P-Square and D’Banj who made me believe that all of this was possible . ” Dami Duro , an unexpected success, leaked online almost a year before its official release, became a bombshell in 2012. Currently signed at Sony Ent , his next album should allow him to move to another international level.
7. Wizkid – Nigeria .
Wizkid is undoubtedly currently the prince of the current Afrobeat. Alicia Keys and her husband, Swizz Beatz , introduced it to the US and the world dancing to Ojuelegba and Caro via Instagram, followed by influential Kylie Jenner in 2014. Since then, it seems like nothing else stop, Wizzy connects with renowned hits and collaborations: Drake , Wale , Tinie Tempah , Chris Brown , French Montana , etc. The collaboration on ” One dance ” was the most streamed title of the year 2016. Present in Drake’s album “Views” , he was automatically nominated for the Grammy Awards . He has also joined the team of Sony Music Ent. with a very big stamp in the key for an album directed to the American market.
6. Jidenna – Nigeria.
At the age of 10, Jidenna Theodore Mobisson knew he wanted to make music but was afraid to tell his father who wanted him to be an engineer. Jidenna then studied at the prestigious Stanford University in California between 2003 and 2008. If the style of Jidenna, which combines African prints and official outfits brings a wind of originality to artists and fans of hip hop, it communicates above all a deeper political message and do not forget his country of origin Nigeria. The rapper signed at Wondaland Records is part of a wave of artists “dandy”, which we can associate the Stromae, who seem to want to make their clothing style and the aesthetics of their music a model of artistic expression. In September 2016,Jidenna appears in the TV series Luke Cage (Season 1, Episode 5). He plays his own role performing Long Live the Chief in the fictional nightclub Harlem’s Paradise
5. Tinashe – Zimbabwe .
Twenty-four-year-old Tinashe Kachingwe sang before she could speak. His Zimbabwean father Michael and his mother Aimie from Denmark have always helped him in this way. Tinashe was already a model for children at the age of three. She made her first appearance in 2000 in the film Cora Unashamed and her voice is featured in the comic book movie The Polar Express with Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks .
4. Don Jazzy – Nigeria.
Normally, producers are not the most successful in Africa, but Don Jazzy has definitely changed the situation. Don Jazzy has a great influence in Nigeria. CEO of Mavins Records celebrating his 5th birthday this month. He has been behind some of the most iconic songs in the history of African music from his own artists ( Tiwa Savage ) to international artists. Don Jazzy has managed to make lucrative deals with MTN and Samsung to mention a few. His talent led him on the collaboration with Kanye West, Jay-Z and the song ‘Lift Up ‘ ofBeyoncé . Out of music, he recently launched his Flobyt tech companythat offers free Wi-Fi in public places in Nigeria. In other words, the genius of Don Dorobucci goes beyond musical boundaries.
3. Hugh Masekela – South Africa.
Born in Witbank, east of Johannesburg, Hugh Masekela is committed to restoring the African heritage. This trumpet player, composer and world-renowned singer has released more than 43 albums and played with Marvin Gaye, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Fela Kuti , Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Miriam Makeba . “The music I do, I do not call it music. They come from my rural roots indigenous to South Africa. That’s what brought me fame all over the world. ”
2. Black Coffee – South Africa
Nkosinathi Maphumulo has raised the level of South African house music, but has put it on the world map. The multi-award-winning artist was born in the province of South African house music, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) , raised in the province of Cape Town, as Nelson Mandela. He goes back to KZN to study music. It was worth it. Today, he is in great demand by American stars and found himself on Drake’s last album .
1. Akon – Senegal / USA
This international African superstar has become one of the biggest stars in the world. He launched, the careers of Lady Gaga and T-Pain . Boss of Konvict Music , an ambassador to several brands. He did what everyone wanted to do. The best part is that its links with Africa are still quite strong, working with P-Square , Wizkid, to name a few. He has been known to open doors to other African Americans. Record sales at YouTube, always-full concerts, affiliations with charities, it is the top of this ranking and has definitely given a positive image of African urban music. No need to say more about this giant music