Although several publications have been made about a certain Forbes list of 10 richest African musicians, placing Sarkodie at number 9 with an estimated net worth: $7 million, I am yet to see that official list. So here is what seems more official for now, Forbes Africa’s list of Africa’s Top 10 Musicians, the continents most bankable artists: 1. AKON With over 35 million albums sold worldwide, numerous awards, five Grammy Award nominations, 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs under his belt and over 51 million likes on his Facebook page, Akon. 2. BLACK COFFEE, SOUTH AFRICA Black Coffee, real name Nkosinathi Maphumulo, has not only raised the bar for South African house music, but has put it on the world map. The multi-award-winning artist was born in South Africa’s house music province, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), raised in the Eastern Cape province, where struggle stalwart Nelson Mandela hailed from, before moving back to KZN to study music. It was worth it. 3. HUGH MASEKELA, SOUTH AFRICA Born in Witbank, east of Johannesburg, Hugh Masekela is committed to restoring African heritage. This world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer and singer has released more than 43 albums and performed with Marvin Gaye, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Fela Kuti, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Miriam Makeba. “The music I make, I don’t call it my music. It is based on my township and indigenous rural roots in South Africa. That’s what brought me fame all over the world,” he says. 4. DON JAZZY, NIGERIA Like many artists, Don Jazzy, real name Michael Collins Ajereh, started playing music as a child in church before moving to the UK to pursue his career. 5. TINASHE, ZIMBABWE-AMERICAN Twenty-four-year-old Tinashe Kachingwe sang before she could talk. Her Zimbabwean father Michael, and mother Aimie, from Denmark, have always helped. Tinashe was a child model by the age of three, made her first appearance in 2000 in the film Cora Unashamed and her voice 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. It was just as well that his name means embracing the father. 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” and Kylie Jenner posted a video of herself dancing to Wizkid’s music on snapchat. https://ameyawdebrah.com/14-member-committee-approved-select-film-represent-ghana-oscars/ 8. DAVIDO, NIGERIA Davido has claimed a high status in just five years. The single Back When planted him firmly in the music business in 2011. “It was people like [Nigerian music veterans] P-Square and D’Banj who made me believe that all this was possible,” he recalls. Dami Duro, an unexpected hit, leaked online almost a year prior to its official release, became the crown jewel for his widely acclaimed 2012 debut album, Omo Baba Olowo. 9. SARKODIE, GHANA Born Michael Owusu Addo, Sarkodie has racked up millions of views on YouTube for his music with his debut album and first single, Baby, among the favorites. He started out as an underground rapper which helped him cross paths with his former manager, Duncan Williams, who helped launch his career. 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. https://ameyawdebrah.com/forbes-africa-tvs-worst-day-peace-hyde-airs-ghana-aliko-dangote/ Mewu, the first single off his fourth album, Mary, sold almost 4,000 copies on the first day of its release in Ghana’s capital Accra. His hard work does not go unnoticed. Sarkodie was the first Ghanaian to win a BET award and has the most nominations. In 2015, he was ranked the 19th “Most Influential Ghanaian” by e-TV Ghana and in 2013 and 2015, he was ranked 8th on FORBES and Channel O’s list, “Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists.” His ambitions don’t end here. In 2013, he launched his clothing line Sark by Yas, launched Obidi Chief Headphones which endorses, among others, Samsung and telecommunications company, Tigo. In 2014, he also launched the music label SarkCess to empower other African artists. 2017 promises to be an even more exciting year for Sarkodie. 10. OLIVER MTUKUDZI, ZIMBABWE Oliver (Tuku) Mtukudzi has 65 albums under his belt — more than Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. It’s a remarkable career stretching back 41 years with songs that have enlivened parties all over the world. “I never decided to be in the music industry. It was in me. My mother said ‘you are a good singer but you will never surpass your birth cry. Your birth cry was so beautiful’,” says Mtukudzi.]]>
Gyakie to sign-off 2021 with The Live Experience concert
The FLIP THE MUSIC star’s terrific run of form has been a performance worth commemorating, and with the year down to its final month, Gyakie is ready to sign-off with a memorable showdown.
Slated for December 19, which happens to fall on a Sunday – a week shy of Christmas Day, the Ballantine’s sponsored concert will have the ‘Forever’ singer give fans a buzz at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, 7pm prompt. Dubbed ‘’The Live Experience with Gyakie’’, the concert will be curated by the artist’s label, FLIP THE MUSIC and is tipped to be one for the books.
This year, Gyakie’s presence has been strong and unrelenting. She inked a deal with Sony Music Entertainment/RCA Records UK, threw in a sassy virtual performance at the MTV Base YouTube African Day concert, featured on BBC World Service’s ‘’Focus on Africa’’ and was the first female African artist to partner with digital streaming platform (DSP) giant, Spotify on their EQUAL music program which got a billboard slot at the Times Square in New York City.
Her feats haven’t been any less extravagant on the music aisle either. She enjoyed great success with her ‘Forever’ remix for-which debuted on UK’s official Top 20 Afrobeat chart. Gyakie also emerged as 3Music Awards’ ‘’Woman of the Year’’ winner, next to her two-time feature on Billboard’s ‘’Top Triller’’ chart. The biggest highlight of her year however was on the back of her ‘’SEED’’ EP’s streaming numbers – a total of over 11 million streams across all DSPs.
Get your tickets here: https://tix.africa/gyakie
Sarkodie, Local music rule as Spotify Wrapped reveals Ghana’s top albums, artists and more
As the countdown to 2022 starts, nothing can round off this incredible year better than Spotify Wrapped, which sums up what made 365 million Spotify users around the globe vibe throughout the year.
In 2021, the world slowly came out of its quarantine lifestyle to embrace the New Normal. While at it, Spotify entered Ghana’s space, in line with the rise of audio streaming in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Now, for the fifth year running, Spotify is unveiling the top artists, albums, songs and playlists through Wrapped. Spoiler alert: the Ghanaian music industry is in for a treat as local albums and artists topped the charts among Spotify users in the country!
In Ghana, Rap, Afropop, Afro dancehall and Azontobeats were among the top genres as nightclubs reopened and people got their groove on. Speaking of rap music, none other than “King Sark” claimed the most album plays with “No Pressure” — knocking WizKid‘s “Made in Lagos” and Justin Bieber‘s “Justice” down to second and third in the process.
Hots Hits Ghana — featuring tracks from Black Sherif, Kuami Eugene, and Wendy Shay among others — was the most streamed playlist. In the midst of the Grammy Awards nominations buzz, it’s fair to say that Ghanaians truly support their own.
Check out Spotify’s full 2021 Wrapped results for Ghana further below. Also, be on the lookout for additional details and exciting new features in the coming days around Spotify’s popular personalised Wrapped and Creator Wrapped experiences, which gives users a deep dive into the music that defined their year. Wrapped is also now available in shareable data-driven stories format.
Ghana’s top Spotify Wrapped lists for 2021
Most streamed artists in Ghana
Most streamed female artist in Ghana
Most streamed tracks in Ghana
Feeling, by LADIPOE
Peru, by Fireboy DML
Slow Down, by King Promise
Second Sermon, by Black Sherif
Baajo, by Kwesi Arthur
Door, by Joeboy
Coachella, by Sarkodie (feat. Kwesi Arthur)
Understand, by Omah Lay
Essence, by WizKid (feat. Tems)
Sip (Alcohol), by Joeboy
Most streamed albums in Ghana
“No Pressure”, by Sarkodie
“Made in Lagos”, by WizKid
“Justice”, by Justin Bieber
“Certified Lover Boy” by Drake
“Donda”, by Kanye West
“Shoot for Stars Aim for the Moon” by Pop Smoke
“Twice as Tall”, by Burna Boy
“A Better Time” by DaVido
“The Golden Boy” by KiDi
“Somewhere between Beauty & Magic”, by Joeboy
Most streamed local artists in Ghana
Three Decades Of 24th Night: Kojo Antwi Returns With “The Lovers Celebration”
The first of his peers and blessed with the authenticity that powers victory, a class act with excellent musical delivery, Kojo Antwi celebrates 30 years of owning a date on Ghana’s national calendar.
A pacesetter and the greatest at what he does, it’s been three good decades of serving music lovers with his melodramatic performances at his flagship 24th December night shows and this year’s will be no exception.
With several names including Music Man, the Music Maestro among many others Kojo Antwi has over the years curated a highly respected public platform that has featured musical giants including Salif Keita (Mali), Steel Pulse (Jamaica & UK), Nana Kwame Ampadu (Ghana), Richard Bona (Cameroon), Freddie Meiway (Ivory Coast), Flavour (Nigeria), Pat Thomas (Ghana), Sonti (South Afrika), Aicha Kone (Ivory Coast), Steve Coleman (U.S.A), Reggie Rockstone (Ghana), Kamaldine (Guinea), King Mensah (Togo), Monique Seka (Ivory Coast) and more.
It is in line with these memorable experiences that Kojo Antwi mounts the stage again on December 24, 2021, at De Icon Event Center, Otele Avenue in Accra, Ghana to celebrate the 30th year of owning such an iconic night.
*Organized by Freedom Family Entertainment and Loggy Entertainment and supported by Event Vendors Association*, tickets for the intimate night with the Maestro are fast selling at GHC200 for Economy, GHC500 for Business Class and GHC800 for First Class.
Apple Music 2021 Year-end Charts: s Gyakie & Omah Lay’s ‘Forever’ tops rest of Africa
Apple Music today reveals the biggest songs of the year with its annual Top 100 charts. For the first time, Apple Music shares the Top 100 2021: Fitness chart—spotlighting the most-played workout music across Apple Music and Fitness+—besides its Top 100 Streamed Songs, Top 100 Shazamed Songs and Top 100 Most-Read Lyrics! These global charts highlight and celebrate another incredible year in music, and together they provide a truly unique and global perspective on the year’s biggest music.
Check out Apple Music’s 2021 top charts below, and listen to the full Top 100 charts-playlists on Apple Music at music.apple.com
– Top Streamed Song of 2021: Dynamite – BTS
– Top Read Lyrics: drivers license – Olivia Rodrigo
– Top Streamed Workout Song: Head & Heart (feat. MNEK) [Tiësto Remix] – Joel Corry
– Top Shazamed Song: Astronaut In The Ocean – Masked Wolf
The Top Songs of 2021
The year’s most-played songs around the world on Apple Music
After a year in which much of the world’s population was trapped in their homes, 2021 was all about having one foot out the door. This chart compiling the most-streamed songs across the globe on Apple Music between October 16, 2020, and October 15, 2021, is a mirror of that tentativeness and hopefulness—a mix of thrilling new hits that helped shake the world from its stasis alongside favorites we returned to when that jolt felt like too much. What they all have in common, from hip-hop upstarts to a wave of Japanese artists striving in streaming to a K-pop juggernaut primed for planetary domination, is that they brought comfort and catharsis at a time when we all needed them most.
Top 100 2021: Most-Read Lyrics
Mic check! These are the songs our users just had to sing along to this year.
Every year, Apple Music tallies which songs had the most popular lyrics, read—and, surely, sung—by fans around the world. The top 100 are compiled into a karaoke-ready playlist, which you can find below. The top of this year’s list is dominated by Olivia Rodrigo, the TikTok sensation turned bona fide pop star with three songs in the top 10. “drivers license,” her runaway breakthrough single that was released in January when she was just 17, is a masterfully vivid postcard of vulnerability and teen heartache—rich, brooding, and melodramatic. It’s the sort of big, catchy ballad that makes you want to hit the road and belt along: “And you’re probably with that blonde girl/Who always made me doubt/She’s so much older than me/She’s everything I’m insecure about.”
Top 100 2021: Fitness
The most-played workout music across Apple Music and Fitness+ this year
Whether it’s to keep the vibes positive and uplifting, to tap into a deeper sense of purpose, or just to remind us of a great night out, the music we choose to work out to is so personal. Apple Music’s Top 100 2021: Fitness is a comprehensive look at what tracks did the trick for sweating it out in 2021. Compiling data from all of our Apple Music Fitness playlists, as well as what the Fitness+ trainer team was programming through the Studio Series, Fitness+ Spotlight collection, and even the Fitness+ workouts themselves, this set represents the year’s most-played high-energy music.
Top 100 2021: Shazam
Find out which songs received the most Shazams, globally, in 2021
Think back throughout the year: How many times did you use Shazam to identify a song? Are you one of the 11.7 million fans who used the app to discover Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut in the Ocean”? The Australian hip-hop artist’s sleeper hit may have first been released in 2019, but after going viral on TikTok, it received more Shazams than any other song in the world during 2021—by quite a margin, in fact. The Weeknd came in second, with 8.5 million Shazams for “Save Your Tears,” while Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” received 8.1 million.
- The Apple Music 2021 Year End Music Charts in South Africa sees Amapiano producer Busta 929 & the late Mpura top the Top Songs of 2021 charts with their #1 single ‘Umsebenzi Wethu’ which dominated the country’s airwaves and dance floors last summer.
- It was another strong year for South African artists on the charts, with over 44% of the Top 100 songs of the year and 26% of the Top 100 albums of the year on Apple Music in South Africa.
- Drake’s latest album ‘Certified Lover Boy’ shattered streaming records around the world and was the #1 album of 2021 on Apple Music in South Africa. The highest charting South African album of 2021 was Afrikaans artist Riaan Benade’s debut album ’Spontaan’ .
- Drake was also the #1 artist of the year on Apple Music in South Africa and the highest charting local artist was Amapiano king Kabza de Small.
- Kwiish SA Feat. Njelic, MalumNator & De Mthuda’s single ‘LiYoshona’
was the #1 most Shazamed song of the year and Kabza De Small was the most Shazamed artist of the year in South Africa.
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