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Forbes Releases list of Top 10 Richest Musicians in Africa

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PSquare, 2Face Missing as Don Jazzy, Wizkid, Davido Make List

Forbes MagazineAfrica has recently released a compilation of its top 10 African richest musician for the year 2017.

According to the magazine, the list was put together based on the net worth, endorsement deals, album sales, awards, investment, social media influence, and so much more.

From Nigeria, Don Jazzy, Wizkid and Davido was listed, but one cannot help but wonder which position the Once famous but now divided Psquare twins would have been on the list.

1. AKON, AMERICA-SENEGAL

Akon has over 35 million albums sold worldwide. He has won numerous awards including five Grammy Award nominations and has 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs under his belt. He tops the list according to Forbes Africa.

2. BLACK COFFEE, SOUTH AFRICA

The multi-award-winning artist’s real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo. He was born in South Africa’s house music province, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and raised in the Eastern Cape province, where Nelson Mandela hailed from, before moving back to KZN to study music.

3. HUGH MASEKELA, SOUTH AFRICA

Hugh was born in Witbank, east of Johannesburg. He has released more than 43 albums and performed with Marvin Gaye, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Fela Kuti, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Miriam Makeba.

4. DON JAZZY, NIGERIA

Don Jazzy is ranked fourth richest in Africa and also first in Nigeria. Like many artists, his real name is Michael Collins Ajereh, and he started playing music as a child in church before moving to the UK to pursue his career.

5. TINASHE, ZIMBABWE-AMERICAN

Tinashe was a child model by the age of three. The twenty-four-year-old sang before she could talk and made her first appearance in 2000 in the film Cora Unashamed. Her voice also starred in the cartoon feature film The Polar Express alongside Oscar-winning actor, Tom Hanks.

6. JIDENNA, NIGERIAN-AMERICAN

By the age of 10, Jidenna Theodore Mobisson knew he wanted to do music but was afraid to tell his father who wanted him to be an engineer. He is ranked sixth according to Forbes Africa.

7. WIZKID, Nigeria

Wizkid is arguably currently the uncrowned king of African music. Grammy Award-winning artist, Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz, danced to his songs Ojuelegba and Caro, with Keys posting a video on her Instagram account with the caption, “This song makes me happy”. Kylie Jenner also posted a video of herself dancing to Wizkid’s music on Snapchat.

8. DAVIDO, Nigeria

Davido has claimed a high status in just five years. He said it was people like P-Square and D’Banj who made him believe this was possible. He became famous for his widely acclaimed 2012 debut album “Omo Baba Olowo”.

9. SARKODIE, GHANA

Michael Owusu Addo started out as an underground rapper and through the help of Duncan Williams, his former manager, his career was launched. Staying true to his identity, he is a big advocate of Azonto, a Ghanaian genre that is said to have been born out of Kpanlogo, a traditional dance.

His first single off his fourth album, Mewu, sold almost 4,000 copies on the first day of its release in Ghana. He was also the first Ghanaian to win a BET award.

10. OLIVER MTUKUDZI, ZIMBABWE

Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi has 65 albums under his belt, more than the legendary Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. It’s a remarkable career stretching back 41 years with songs that have enlivened parties all over the world. He his ranked 10th richest musician in Africa.

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Nigeria’s Burna Boy, Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz lead in Mama Kampala 2021’s second list of nominees

Stars, Yemi Alade and Angelique Kidjo recognised for ‘Shekere’, Wizkid and H.E.R. for ‘Smile’ and ‘Already by Beyonce, Shatta Wale and Major Lazer for best Collaboration award

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Mama Kampala 2021
  • Best International Act nominees feature Global Artists, Beyonce, Dabay, DJ Kjaled, Drake, Megan Thee Stallion and The Weekend

The second list of nominees for the upcoming MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 (MAMA) on 20 February spotlights Nigeria’s Burna Boy and Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz who top the list with three nominations each. Five talented African musicians – Innoss’B, Master KG, Nomcebo ZikodeSimi, and Wizkid – also topped the second nominees list with two awards each.

Consistent to previous MAMAs, category announcements are phased over several weeks in lead up to the main event on 20 February.

The six categories in total announced in the second round of nominations comprise – Best Collaboration, Best Alternative, Best Fan Base Award, Best International Act, Personality of the Year and Song of the Year.

The remaining three categories – the MAMA Legend Award, the Video of the Year Award and the MAMA Generation Change Award – will be revealed on the night of the MAMA Kampala 2021. 

Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager at ViacomCBS Networks Africa (VCNA) said, “Congratulations to all our nominees who have been recognised as we build up to the MAMA Kampala 2021 virtual awards ceremony. African artists deserve the recognition and must be celebrated for their commitment and dedication in driving the power of creativity and music to inspire the youth on the continent to take African culture to the world.”

For the category of Best CollaborationBurna Boy was nominated twice, for his song ‘Monsters You Made’, with global artist Chris Martin, and with South Africa’s Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode for ‘Jerusalema Remix’. Diamond Platnumz also made this list with his collaboration with Innoss’B, ‘Yope Remix’. Other nominees in this category include Yemi Alade and Angelique Kidjo for ‘Shekere,’ Wizkid and H.E.R. for ‘Smile,’ and ‘Already’ by Beyoncé, Shatta Wale and Major Lazer.

The Best Alternative category features some of the continent’s most successful alternative artists, including Nigeria’s Adekunle Gold and Simi; Ami Faku, who hails from South Africa; Ghana’s Amaarae; AfrotroniX from Chad and Kenya’s Matata.

The most highly contested category is the Song of the Year, which features 12 nominees in total, including artists from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Equally a heated contest category is the Best Fan Base Award which features a diversity of 10 nominations across the continent from eight countries to compete for fan favourite.

“Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, is excited to bring the best of Africa’s musical talent to the world,” noted The Honourable Godfrey Kiwanda, State Minister for Tourism Uganda. “It is an honour to be part of the MAMA Kampala 2021 and support its commitment to the growth of African music. This is also a great opportunity for Uganda to share its heritage and culture beyond music to its people, landscapes, wildlife and history.”

The nominees are selected by the MAMA Kampala 2021 Academy, an esteemed group of music industry, opinion formers and tastemakers from across the African continent who are tasked with selecting the very best of African talent who have received airplay on MTV Base over the previous year. In addition, the nominees they select must bring Africa’s culture, music and pulse to a global audience and serve as an inspiration to the youth. 

Voting for MAMA KAMPALA 2021 is open at www.mtvmama.com, and affiliated Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Voting in all categories closes on 31 January 2021.

The MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 will be broadcast on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV Africa (DStv Channel 130) on Saturday 20 February 2021 at 20:00 WAT / 21:00 CAT / 22:00 EAT. The show will also be aired on MTV channels across multiple continents as a one-hour MAMA-themed MTV World Stage feature. 

For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021, go to www.mtvmama.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MTVBaseAfrica. To join the conversation about the awards, please use the hashtag #MTVMAMA2021 #VISITUGANDA.

MAMA 2021 Award Categories 11 – 16

Song of the Year

‘Amanikiniki’ – MFR Souls featuring Major League Djz, Kamo Mphela & Bontle Smith (South Africa)

‘Duduke’ – Simi (Nigeria)

‘FEM’ – Davido (Nigeria)

‘Jeje’ – Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

‘Jerusalema’ – Master KG featuring Nomcebo Zikode (South Africa)

‘John Vuli Gate’ – Mapara A Jazz Feat Ntosh Gazi & Colano (South Africa)

‘Monsters You Made’ – Burna Boy featuring Chris Martin (Nigeria/UK)

‘Munda Awo’ by B2C (Uganda)

‘Nobody’ – DJ Neptune featuring Joeboy and Mr Eazi (Nigeria)

‘Olandi’ – Innoss’B (Democratic Republic of Congo)

‘Suzanna’ – Sauti Sol (Kenya)

‘Te Amo’ – Calema (São Tomé and Principe)

BEST FAN BASE AWARD

BEST FAN BASE AWARD

Best Collaboration

Beyoncé, Shatta Wale & Major Lazer – ‘Already’ (USA / Ghana)

Burna Boy & Chris Martin – ‘Monsters You Made’ (Nigeria / UK)

Innoss’B & Diamond Platnumz – ‘Yope Remix’ (Democratic Republic of Congo / Tanzania)

Master KG, Burna Boy & Nomcebo Zikode – ‘Jerusalema Remix’ (South Africa / Nigeria)

Wizkid & H.E.R. – ‘Smile’ (Nigeria / USA)

Yemi Alade & Angelique Kidjo – ‘Shekere’ (Nigeria / Benin)

Best Alternative

Adekunle Gold (Nigeria)

AfrotroniX (Chad)

Amaarae (Ghana)

Ami Faku (South Africa)

Matata (Kenya)

Simi (Nigeria)

Best International Act

Beyoncé

DaBaby

DJ Khaled

Drake

Megan Thee Stallion

The Weeknd

Best Fan Base Award

A-Reece (South Africa)

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)

Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)

Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Nadia Mukami (Kenya)

Naira Marley (Nigeria)

Serge Beynaud (Côte d’Ivoire)

Shatta Wale (Ghana)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

Personality of the Year

Elsa Majimbo (Kenya)

Mark Angel (Nigeria)

Sadio Mané (Senegal)

Siya Kolisi (South Africa)

Yvonne Orji (Nigeria)

Zozibini Tunzi (South Africa)

MAMA Legend Award

To be announced at the awards ceremony

Video of the Year

To be announced at the awards ceremony

MAMA Generation Change Award

To be announced at the awards ceremony

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BREAKING: Veteran Actress Orisabunmi Dies

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The veteran Yoruba actress, Folake Aremu, popularly known as Orisabunmi has been confirmed dead.

Aremu, 60, died on Tuesday at her residence in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The deceased shot to limelight with her role in the blockbuster Yoruba movie, Arelu, in 1987.

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JUST IN: Shock! As Davido Hints On Quitting Music

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Top Nigerian Pop Singer, David Adeleke popularly called Davido on Monday caused some outrage on social media when he announced quitting music.

“I go leave this music for una,” Davido tweeted on Monday.

This announcement came after it was widely reported on social media that Davido and Burna Boy had clash in Ghana.

However, he is yet to reveal why he is considering leaving music.

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