African Music has become a major force in the world following the massive revolution brought on by the African sounds and dance steps. As a result of this surge in African music permeating the global market, some of the musicians have garnered fame and fortune for themselves and recognition for their works at international awards shows across the globe. Here are the top 10 African musicians in 2015;

10. Innocent Idibia

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Innocent Ujah Idibia (born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria), better known by his stage name 2face Idibia, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. He officially discontinued the use of the name Tuface and selected Tu-baba as his stage name. He is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa. He is also one of the most bankable artists in Africa.

2Face has received one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, five Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), four Channel O Music Video Awards and one BET award for his musical work, four MTV Africa Music Awards, one MOBO award, one KORA award, and numerous additional nominations.

9. Jose Chameleone

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Joseph Mayanja is a Ugandan artist that popularly known as Joe or Jose Chameleone. The Valu Valu is hit that everybody enjoys and has massively popularized Ugandan music in the continent. Doctor Chameleone has perfectly combined the Central African Rhumba and Ugandan folk music with a reggae background to make him gain acceptance and great admiration. Jose is the richest in East Africa and owns a huge mansion in Sekuga hills at the outskirts of Kampala with several exotic cars as befits his status.

8. Koffi Olomide

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Koffi has had several gold records in his musical career. He was also the founder of the Quartier Latin International orchestra. This Congolese music icon is a talented dancer, producer and composer of soukous music. Olomide has produced many albums and is considered one of the most influential and successful African musicians. Rive Gauche, Haut de Gamme and Koweit are among his most selling albums in the market. It is said he charges above $100,000 for a show. Among his proteges are Fally Ipupa and Ferre Gola.

7. D’banj

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Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (popularly known as D’banj, born 9 June 1980) is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and businessman. He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards. He also owns Koko lounge, Koko water, a crib in Atlanta reportedly worth $1.5 million and has many endorsement deals. Its safe to say tha D’banj has done very well for himself! Oshey!

6. Hugh Masekela

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Hugh is from South Africa, born in the year 1939. He is a flugelhornist, cornetist, trumpeter and singer. Masekala is a proud owner of a well known professional studio in Botswana and has also amassed massive wealth from the sale of his albums and invitations to various global events. He has received a number of awards including Order of Ikhamanga by President Zuma, African Legend Awards, Ghana Music Awards just to mention a few.

 5. Fally Ipupa

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Faustin Ipupa N’Simba (born December 14, 1977), known by his stage name Fally Ipupa, is a Congolese singer-songwriter, dancer,philanthropist, guitarist and producer. from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. He was part of the band of Koffi Olomidé, Quartier Latin International, from 1999 to 2006 before starting a solo career. His first solo album was Droit Chemin released in 2006, which went on to sell over 100,000 units, and his second album Arsenal De Belles Melodies (A2BM) was released in 2009. In 2007, Ipupa won the Kora Awards for Best Artist or Group from Central Africa. In 2010, Fally Ipupa won the MTV Africa Music Awards 2010 for Best Video (for Sexy Dance) and Best Francophone. He won the urban awards for best African artist. Ipupa was nominated in the Best Live Act category at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards. He released an album named Power “Kosa Leka” in 2013. Ipupa, who is also a noted guitar player, connected with audiences stateside with “Chaise Electrique”, a bilingual love song featuring former G-Unit singer Olivia. He is also a brand ambassador for many clothing brands in Paris.

4. Banky W

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Olubankole Wellington, born in 1981 in the US is Nigerian R&B singer who began singing in church at a tender age. He later studied Engineering in the New York where he won many awards. Banky is the brand ambassador of Etisalat mobile company in Nigeria and great promoter of Samsung products in West Africa. His talent has enabled him acquire enormous wealth and currently he has a charity organization that promotes education among the poor children. While still in college, he won the ‘Albany Idol’ competition, which catapulted him into the spotlight. He overcame many personal trials and obstacles to quickly become an in-demand artist on the local music scene; performing alongside major acts on tour. He wowed audiences with his silky smooth voice while building a loyal following; he established the Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.) record label as a platform to get his music to his fans and began work on an EP. He is a brand ambassador for Ciroc,ultra-premium vodka.

3. Salif Keita

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Salif was born in Mali on 25th August 1949 and has done a lot to improve the African music industry. He is commonly referred to as the Golden Voice of Africa due to his exceptional Afro-pop music style. This rich but humble man is a proud owner of an island in France and numerous real estates. He is a direct descendant of Sundiata Keita, the founder of Mali Empire.
2. Youssou N’dour

Youssou is a Senegalese singer born on 1st October 1959. He is well known for his talent in music composition, songwriting, and acting and also doubles up as a musician and a politician. He is a music icon in Senegal and having popularised the music style referred to as Mbalax in Serer language. This musician owns the biggest TV and radio station in Senegal and has a massive investment in real estate. He has worked as the Senegalese cultural ambassador and the year 2012 saw him being ushered in as the tourism and culture minister.

1. P-Square

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Peter and Paul Okoye who are identical twins, popularly known by their stage name P-square. These Nigerian brothers own Square Records through which they produce and release albums. They are considered among the wealthiest musicians in Africa making approximately $ 150,000 per show. In December 2011 they signed with Konvict music owned by Akon who is an American artist of African descent.  In 2012 they signed  with Universal Music South Africa in a record distribution contract. They also have an endorsement deal with Globalcom as brand ambassadors.

African music has indeed come a long way and has produced a number of superstars who didnt make it on to this list… hopefully, as their fame and fortune rises, they will likely make the list next year!

Source: newsconnect.ng/ wikipedia.

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