3 Sep 2013

Channel O and Forbes Africa on Sunday September 1 presented their list of the top 10 most bankable African artists. The list is based on artist sales, endorsement value, popularity, show rates, awards, YouTube views, investment, influence, appearance in newspapers and social media presence.

Here are the 10 richest.according to Forbes

(1) Akon– Senegalese-American tops the list - Founder of Konvict Music, gave bigger platforms to other African artistes such as P-Square and Wizkid .


(2) Don Jazzy– Ranks as Best African and Nigeria Music Producer. CEO of Marvin Records, Samsung, Loya Milk and MTN as Brand Ambassador, Influential producer. He has produced Songs for D’Banj, Kanye West, Beyonce and American Rap Mogul Jay Z.

(3) P-Square– Ranked as Best African Music Group. Featured on Forbes Magazine for Africa twice, sold out concert, and presidential guest in at least 5 African countries. They also fly a private jet.

(4) D’banj– CEO of DB Records, Music Artiste. International music brand, GOOD Music, Def Jam, Mercury deal, Sony Entertainment Music distribution deal.

(5) Wizkid– Music Artiste. EME artiste, Starboy CEO, affiliation with Disturbing London, international collaboration with Wale and others, perform twice on stage with American Pop Singer Chris Brown, and he is the highest paid Pepsi ambassador in Africa. He is also an ambassador for MTN.

(6) 2Face Idibia– Music Artiste. Produces 10 million discs and has at least 7 million digital sale. He is a UN Ambassador for Youth and Peace, associated with Guinness, Haven Homes, Airtel Worldwide and philanthropist – Tuface Idibia Foundation.

(7) Anselmo Ralph– Music Artiste, Samsung and Coca Cola Ambassador. Known as the 'Angolan Prince', he owns a perfume line, clothing label, a multimillion dollar tour bus, and he is a Sony Music African artiste.

(8) Sarkodie– Ghanaian Rapper. Presidential youth ambassador in Ghana, owns Sark clothing, and he is a Samsung and Fan Milk ambassador in Ghana.

(9) Ice Prince– Music Artiste. Multiple award winning rapper, Has received six million downloads, owns two studios, One Foundation member, Plug N Play Ambassador, Zamani Foundation.


(10) Banky W– Music Artiste. Co owner EME, Samsung Ambassador, Philanthropist, multiple award R&B and Soul winner.
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