Africa has produced many immensely talented musicians. Some African musicians have made wise use of their talent and have become wealthy. They are also very popular in Africa and other parts of the world. We don’t have the actual figures but these are the most successful in the continent.
Here is a brief overview of the top 10 richest African musicians as of 2015.
African music legend, Manu Dibango is arguably the most successful and richest African musician. The Cameroon-born musician wealth and success comes from concerts, record sales and other investments.
Africa’s most electrifying entertainer. This talented percussionist, composer, song writer, entrepreneur, actor and politician is from Senegal. He is the second richest musician in Africa. Arguably Africa’s most electrifying and mesmerizing musician of all time. He is the owner of the biggest media house in Senegal, the Grammy-award winner owns a Nightclub, a record label and a Television station.
Born in 1956, this Congolese singer, dancer, producer and composer is immensely popular in Africa. He charges up to 100,000 Euros per show. Although his exact net worth is unknown, Koffi Olomide has been very successful in the music industry. He earned his first degree in Business Economics and a Masters Degree in mathematics from the University of Paris. He has released over 30 albums during the course of his career which have sold millions across the world. He reportedly bought a house in Atlanta, US. He is married and has seven children.
Popularly known as P-Square, Peter and Paul are twins from Nigeria. These R&B musicians earn more than $150,000 per show. They produce and release their music albums through Square Records.
This Nigerian singer, songwriter and harmonica player has many awards to his credit. His uptempo dance fusion of Afro-Beats and electronic dance music “Oliver Twist” is immensely popular. Has sold more than four million albums worldwide and signed with Kanye West’s record label GOOD Music.
This Afro-pop singer and song writer deserves the title “Golden Voice of Africa”. He is a citizen of Mali. Born in 1949, Salif Keita is a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire Sundiata Keita. According to many people who have interacted with him, he is humble and a wonderful human being. He has a private island in France.
This Congolese singer and songwriter released his first album “Droit Chemin” in 2006. He has many awards to his credit. He has modernized the Lingala music. He also makes money by endorsing brands and performing at shows.
Popularly known as 2Face Idibia, Innocent Ujah Idibia was born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. He is a popular singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. He has five albums and many awards to his credit. He is a successful entrepreneur with investments in real estate in Nigeria. He also owns a night club. He charges between $50,000 and $80,000 per show.
This South African singer, composer, flugelhornist, cornetist and trumpeter is an immensely talented Jazz artist. He was nominated for Grammy Award in the “Best Contemporary Pop Performance – Instrumental” category in 1968.
This Nigerian R&B musician is regarded by many as the “King of African R&B”. He was born in the US and grew up in Lagos. He began singing in church at an early age and won many music competitions during his student years. He also makes money through endorsements. Banky W is a musician with a heart. He is involved in many philanthropic activities.
This popular Ugandan reggae musician sings mostly in Luganda, English and Swahili. His music is a perfect blend of Ugandan folk music, Central African Rumba and zouk on a background of reggae. He is also known for his collection of cars. Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes Benz ML 200 super customer convertible and Premio are among his priced possessions.
The above-mentioned musicians inspire many young musicians who intend make a career in music.
StarTimes wins “Africa Best Content App” at Digital Impact Awards Africa 2019
The grand finale of the 6th annual Digital Impact Awards Africa 2019 (DIAA) was on 20th September 2019 at Mestil Hotel in Kampala, Uganda. Under the theme “Include Everyone”, The Digital Impact Awards Africa is a platform that promotes Digital inclusion, financial inclusion and cyber security.
DIAA is Africa’s most important gathering of C-Level Executives, and Senior Digital and IT executives. The event was a climax of the Include Everyone- Digital and Financial Inclusion Summit which explores the strategic trends and technologies that are shaping the future of Digital, IT and business. The DIAA seek to recognize, celebrate and appreciate different individuals and organizations that are spearheading the use of digital mediums to better serve their communities. The awards had 16 Uganda categories and 6 Continental categories. There was a jury/research panel assessment and public survey/vote to determine eventual winners. StarTimes was nominated in two categories; Africa Best Content App (Africa), and Disruptive Innovation (Uganda).In the ‘Africa Best Content App’ category, the StarTimes ON App was up against Kwese iflix, DSTV Now and Netflix. StarTimes won the accolade!While in the ‘Disruptive Innovation’ category, the StarTimes ON App was running against MTN MoMoCard, SafeBoda Pairing, Citimasta App, Standard Chartered Bank, and YO TV who won this award. The StarTimes team was very happy to receive the news that they were the winner of the Africa Best Content App-StarTimes ON at the DIAA 2019.
StarTimes CEO, Mr Franklin Wang said: “It was a tough competition! We were nominated alongside other equally successful companies so it is a great honor winning this award. We thank our customers for their support and DIAA for the recognition.” StarTimes had a lot more reason to celebrate because as they were winning at the DIAA 2019, they were also winning at the 10th annual People’s Choice Quality Awards 2019 that were being held at Hotel Africana. These awards recognize excellence in service, and quality in product. The Awards were given based on a survey done by Muyz Plus Advertising International between January and April 2019 in 5 regions in Uganda: Western, Northern, Central, Eastern, and Kampala. The survey was done in accordance with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics population census geographical data. The People’s Choice Quality Awards recognized more than 20 brands for being exceptionally good at what they do. StarTimes was announced as the Best Pay TV in Uganda, and was awarded by the State Minister for Trade, Hon. Michael Werikhe Kafabusa who was the guest of honor.Mr Franklin Wang, the CEO of StarTimes said, “We are so honored to receive this award. Our team puts in the work to make sure the public gets great service.
We thank our customers for their support because without them, we would not be here. Thank you People’s Choice Awards for acknowledging and appreciating our services.”The StarTimes ON Mobile AppStarTimes ON is StarTimes’ official App providing video streaming service of 70+ LIVE TV channels, exclusive LIVE football matches (StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL), UEFA Europa League, Bundesliga, French Ligue1, and online videos, catch up, short videos, plus TV guide of all 400+ channels on StarTimes’ digital TV platform. The StarTimes Mobile Application which can be downloaded for free on the Google Play Store and Apple App store offers viewers over 70 channels.StarTimesStarTimes is the leading digital TV operator in Africa, serving nearly 20 million users with a signal covering the whole continent and a massive distribution network of 200 brand halls, 3,000 convenience stores and 5,000 distributors. StarTimes owns a featured content platform, with 480 authorized channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programs, etc. The company’s vision is “To ensure that every African family can access, afford, watch and share the beauty of digital TV”. StarTimes achieves this by combining satellite and terrestrial DTV systems as well as OTT services to provide an open and secure digital wireless platform. The company provides a robust signal transmission service for public and private broadcasters, offers consumers outstanding Pay-TV programs, mobile multimedia, wireless Internet connectivity and convenient online services.
Airtel named Uganda’s top tax contributor
By Our Reporter
Airtel Uganda has been awarded Uganda’s Largest Tax Payer and recognised for their compliance in remitting taxes to Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
The announcement was made during the Uganda Revenue Authority 14th Taxpayers Appreciation Awards – 2019 held in Kampala on Friday.
Airtel Uganda paid Shs136 billion in the financial year 2018/19 winning the Excel Award for the year.
“Airtel has contributed over Shs136 billion in the financial year 2018-19 making it the biggest contributor of income tax in the last financial year,” a statement from Uganda Revenue Authority read in part.
Handing over the award, the Minister of Finance Hon. Matia Kasaijja congratulated Airtel upon the achievement and lauded the company for their contribution towards the development of Uganda through tax.
Mr. V.G. Somasekhar, the Managing Director of Airtel Uganda, thanked Uganda Revenue Authority for recognizing their contribution to the company’s GDP and the work they are doing to remain complaint. He also thanked Uganda Communication Commission, Ministry of Information Communication and Technology and the Government of Uganda for the support rendered to Airtel.
“It is an honor for Airtel to be recognized as the largest tax payer in Uganda. We are thankful to our customers and partners who have made Airtel their network of choice,” he noted.
“We believe leadership is a responsibility – one that we have happily taken on and this recognition is yet another milestone and an affirmation that Uganda has noticed. We remain committed to the leadership of the telecommunications sector and compliance is an integral aspect of that commitment,” he added.
The award comes on the heels of the company’s massive investment in innovation, network and infrastructural expansion.
Homes and Property Expo set for November
By Our Reporter
The Homes and property Expo returns this November in a huge way.
For all the interior design enthusiasts and modern construction trend fans , the Sheraton Kampala gardens will be the place to be come November 15th, 2019.
The Homes and property Expo which is returning for the 12th edition will be a 3-day event running from the 15th to 17th of November.
The expo, that is organized by Crest Group Limited, is a one stop shopping point and information hub for all things construction and real estate, a number of property developers, realtors, construction companies, building material distributors, interior designers, landscapers, and so many others participating.
There are lots of prizes to be won, and a variety of discounts on selected items, that will be available for sale during the expo.
“I believe real estate in the long run is an industry worthwhile our investment at National and individual level. So we call on all Ugandans, new home owners and prospect real estate owners to come to this year’s Home and property expo. There are plenty of minds to tap into and it’s a great networking place,” Edwin Musiime, CEO Crest Group Limited explains.
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