Top 10 African Musicians 2018

There are many African musicians seen in the global stage. Their music is played in many African countries including outside Africa. Music is a common language and these musicians have shown the world the flavour of African music. Many of them have won global awards including African music awards. I will share you in this article, the top 10 musicians in Africa for 2018.

Top 10 African Musicians



He tops the list here as the richest and most celebrated African musician. He has sold up to 35 million albums in the international arena. He has gotten many awards which include 5 Grammy Awards and up to 45 Billboards Hot 100 songs with him. He is the richest African musicians. His net worth is $80 million. Akon is from Senegal and he became prominent in the year 2004 after he released the album ‘ Locked up’. Akon formed two Genres of record labels known as Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. He has a second album known as Konvicted which received up to 3 nominations for the Grammy Awards which is in 2 categories. He happens to be the first solo artist to have both the number 2 and number 1 spots respectively. Akon does a vocal known as Michael Jackson vocal which is credited with more than 300 guest appearances. He has been in performance with many musicians like Eminem, Michael Jackson etc.

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He has won many awards with the real name of Nkosinathi Maphumulo. This African musician was born in South Africa which is the music province known as KwaZulu Nata ( KZN) and was then raised within the Eastern Cape province which was where Nelson Mandela came from before he moved back to KZN in order to study music. He happens to be the richest artist in Africa and in South Africa. His net worth is up to $60 million. He began his music career in 1995 and then released up to 5 albums including live TVs which is under his record label. He happens to be among the most prominent producer in the content. He won the award of the DJ Awards in the place known as Ibiza and he was just a few weeks after he released the fifth studio album. Black Coffee is the husband of the TV presenter and actress known as Enhre Mbali Mlotshwa Maphumulo.

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Hugh Masekela

He was born in Witbank which was the East of Johannesburg. Up to 43 albums have been released and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti and Miriam Makeba. He is among the richest musicians in Africa. He is known as the ‘ father of African jazz’. His jazz compositions are well known. He wrote many anti-apartheid song like ‘ Bring Him Back Home’ and Soweto Blues. He formed the first South African youth orchestra in South Africa and this was in the year 1956. They were the first African jazz group that recorded an LP.

Don Jazzy

He is the richest musician in the African continent and also the first in the country of Nigeria. Michael Collins Ajereh is his real name and he began music as a child before he moved to the UK for a career. His net worth is among $30 million. He was born in the state of Lagos and his family had their lives in Lagos which is the place Ajereh was raised. He had his education at Federal Government College which is in Lagos. His interest in music began when he started playing the guitar. He got some credits in the production of the Entertainer. He began a new record label at Mavin Records.


By the age of three, Tinashe was a child model. The 24 year old did singing before talking and then had the first appearance in 2000 in the film known Cora Unashamed. She remains one of the top 10 musicians in Africa. She joined a group known as the Stunner in the year 2007 which was formed by Vitamins C. The group later signed the Columbia Records 6 months after they have been formed. Then, they signed a deal with Columbia Records. She opened the first solo performance in a game. She featured in Winter 2015.

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Jidenna at the age of 10 knew from the beginning that he is interested in music but did not tell his father who wanted him to become an engineer. He is the no 6 musician in this list. Jidenna was in the US but he is a Nigerian. He has been working with many artists and this include St Beauty, Deep Cotton, Janell Monae and Roman GianArthur. In this month of February 17, 2017, he released the first album known as the Chief. Jidenna said he has been influenced by Big Daddy, Kane and KRS-One including the Nigerian highlife music. Jidenna was seen in the episode of the Netflix original series. Jidenna remains one of the richest musicians in Africa having as sold many albums. His album have been sold beyond Africa.


Wizkid happens to be a prominent figure in African music. Alicia Keys and the husband known as Swizz Beatz are fond of his music. There was a posting of the Grammy Award winning musician on Instagram with the title ‘ This song makes me happy’. There was a posting by Kylie Jenner of a video of herself showing where she danced to the music of Wizkid on Snapchat. Wizkid was born on 16th July, 1990. His genres include Afro pop, Afro beat, hip pop dance and reggae. He became prominent globally in 2016 which became the number 1 in 15 countries.


He was born in the US and then relocated to Lagos at a younger age. He happens to be a popular artist in Nigeria with a celebrity status within 5 years. He, also said that musicians like D’ Bank and P-Square made him know the possibilities in music. His album in 2012 with the title ‘ Omo Baba Olowo made him famous. His current net worth is $16 million. He was born in Nigeria and he released a single ‘ Dami Duro’ in the year 2011. He has made songs for Tiwa Savage, Skales, Sauce Kid and Naeto.C. There was an endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria in the year 2012. His album got released in the year 2012. He has a record deal with Sony Music in January 2016.

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He launched his career as an underground rapper through the assistance of Duncan Williams. He then became an Azonto advocate staying true to his identity. This Azonto is a Ghanaian genre that came out from Kpanlogo which is a traditional dance. The first single in his album was marketed for 4000 copies on the first day that it was released. He also happens to be the first in Ghana to win a BET award. He was born in Ghana. His genres are hip life and hip hop. His music have featured in the BBC program known as Capital Extra Top 35 Songs of Africa.

Oliver Mtukudizi

This African musician has 65 albums right with him which is more than the legendary Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. His career has been remarkable within the past 41 years with songs that have bustled parties across the globe. He is from the country of Zimbabwe and his genre is Afro Jazz with guitars as popular instrument. He has won many awards which are KORA Award for the Best African Language in the year 2003, a NAMA Award in the year 2004 as the Best Group Artist, the M-Net Best Award in the year 1992 and many others.


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