Top 10 Richest African Musicians



African Music has evolved over the years. Just like the continent itself, the citizens and countries therein, the average African music has seen some degree of westernisation coupled with the fact that some of the African songs came with a captivating African dance moves to help popularize the songs. The original background of jams and sounds from the African perspective often makes a perfect blend with the western pop kind of music creating a powerful party beat that is more than compelling to dance to. There are  a few Africa musicians who have acquired a great deal of wealth by appealing to the average African’s sense of good music. They have become so popular with what they know how to do best; you practically have to put down a ton of cash to invite them to grace your occasion. Internationally, they are fast becoming sought after names in the music and entertainment industry making Africa proud. Answers Africa brings you the top 10 wealthiest African Musicians.

10 Wealthiest African Musicians

10. Jose Chameleone, Estimated Fortune: Shs 2.5Bn

Jose Chameleone

Joseph Mayanja popularly known by his stage name as Joe Chameleon or Jose Chameleone was born in 1979 and is a popular reggae musician from Uganda. Singing mostly in Luganda, English and Swahili, Jose started his career at an young age in the early 1990s as disco MC at Maganjo Mizuri night club while he was still a student at the Progressive Secondary School, Kampala Uganda. He eventually became affiliated with Kenya’s Ogopa DJs record label. Jose Chameleone’s style of music is a perfect combination of Ugandan folk music, Central African rumba, zouk on a background of reggae. He released one of the most popular songs in the East Africa: VAlu Valu and has popularized some of the phrases he uses in his songs to become regular and everyday words such as Basiima Ogenze, Nekolera Maali, Shida Za Dunia among others. He is regarded as a music star who restructured the popular local music in Uganda at the wake of the 21st century.

See Also: 20 Richest African Countries or List of Countries in Africa

Jose Chameleone is the biggest money maker in the Eastern Africa and has acquired a range of 4 wheels as his “testament” which include; Cadillac escalade, Mercedes Benz ml 200 super custom convertible and a Premio. He also owns a big mansion among the elites of Uganda in Seguka hills located at the outskirts of Kampala. Chameleon lives in a palatial home worth Sh 17 million in the outskirts of Kampala. He also owns Coco Beach, a top entertainment spot on the shores of Lake Victoria, estimated at Sh27 million, a Cadillac Escalade, a convertible BMW, a Premio, a Toyota Ipsum, a Landcruiser VX, Mercedes ML270 which are among long list of luxurious cars.

9. Banky W

Banky W: Estimated Net worth – N1.8 billion

Banky W

BankyW whose real name is Olubankole Wellington was born on March 27, 1981 in the United States  is a Nigerian R&B artist and generally regarded as the King of African R&B, he grew up in Lagos where he began singing in church at an early age and upon completion of secondary school moved to New York to study Engineering. He won and was featured in numerous competitions while he was still a student. His talent in music has made him one of the richest African musicians. He has been a brand ambassador for Estisalat mobile in Nigeria and is currently the face for Samsung products in the west African nation. Out of his generous heart, Banky W has started off Mr capable foundation; an education charity organization with the aim to aid in the education of children from poor families.

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  • pdeezy

    I love the whole bit of that but who is the richest and youngest mucian in Africa

  • Thinamazulu

    Thanks for this list.

  • CEO

    Indeed Jose Chameleone deserves it , he sets pace , he has done alot of collabos with internationally reknowned artists. He is the first Ugandan Musician to perform live @ the biggest sports event in the world. The FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 which was hosted by South Africa

  • kikomeko charles

    Big up to jose because he has really worked so hard for that position here in our country and the p squares of Nigeria congs to them too they really deserve the position,

  • Crais de king

    Sure is jose chamealeon number 10

  • Muyingo joseph

    Jose Chameleone is a great man to in top 10. The man has got money.

  • http://g Ricardo

    For haters tell those you wish to be on the list to work hard instead of complaining! Congs the famed “Badilisha man”. Atlast the revolution from Nairobi has materialised to a fortune.

  • Ssenono Charles Innocent Ssemujju

    There are a lot of people down here in Uganda criticising our boy Jose for the wrong reasons. I think the critics are just ‘political’. The man deserves more than that, he’s an inspirational singer!!

  • Bukky November

    oh pulease! so cos they have cars and houses and charge millions for shows, they suddenly become Africa’s richest?

  • shola ebony

    What about king sunny ade king of world beat

  • katongole rogers

    To all musicians from UG work harder dream bigger
    Greatness is not given it is earned BRAVO CHAMIILLLLIII

  • ahmed nyenga

    thanx for the list…indeed,the duo naija boys deserves that position, i read recently that they had 250 million dollars


    I am really happy for u i.e P-Square for holding the second position. keep it up

  • Mugnny Nsereko

    big up, i appreciate hard work

  • Dapo

    lol, omo i swear na u mumu pass for this world, na free show make dem do to become African Richest…. Expensive ode

  • afrdk

    Maybe its just me, but with the exception of number 1,5, 8, I think the rest of them look utterly ridiculous with their attempts to emulate American hip hop artists with their poses and style.

  • http://google Fred

    I love every step of tuface in a man despite what comes is way he fight to know who. He really are

  • thobile mashego

    I really appreciate the good news, one is motivated by such.

  • fairness

    zim as the richest musicians this list is so damn biased

  • John Mbayu

    its the richest musicians of Africa boo boo

  • Graham

    Well I don’t give a damn who’s no 1 or 10 all I know is how have all of them or rather each of them helped in touching lives in Africa?

  • Alois Guzha

    where is my oliver mtukudzi?

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  • Henry

    How many people you bless that is how you measure success……. bros do something to help ur country brodas and not just buy cars and jets..

  • Uriah Papie Quire

    I think these guys should not just live in mansions n drive d best of cars but share wit those who make them rich!

  • Uriah Papie Quire

    Let these guys share part of their wealth wit those that are considered d less fortunate n get God’s blessings to have more mansions and dollars…