The Most Powerful African Musicians

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. These are the richest, most successful, and internationally well-known African musicians.

1. Youssou N’dour, Age: 55, Senegalese

Rolling Stone Magazine in 2004 referred to the desirable musician as maybe the most famous singer alive. It may seem unlikely especially in a contemporary music world with the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. However, N’dour 55 is argued to be the most thrilling and fascinating African musician. His contribution in making the Mbalax popular cannot be undermined. N’dour, the UNICEF ambassador has been outspoken in his campaign to put an end in the humanitarian crisis in the horn of Africa. The Grammy-Award winner is also an intelligent businessman, owner of a nightclub, a television station as well as a record label.

Youssou N’dour

2. Manu Dibango, Age: 80, Cameroon

An excellent saxophonist, the Cameroonian-born Manu Dibango is one of Africa’s multi-talented artists. Because of his tremendous contribution in the African music industry, it is difficult to find the words with which to describe such a musician as Manu Dibango. Popularly known for his 1972 single “Soul Makossa”, he has played music ranging from reggae, soul, blues, spirituals, electro to soul.

Manu Dibango

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