DJ Black coffee named as Africa's richest musician

A list of Africa’s top 10 richest artists reportedly released by Forbes has been circulating the cyberspace.

And, South Africa’s prominent artists – Black Coffee and Hugh Masekela – were respectively listed therein in the 2nd and 3rd place.

According to reports, the top ten richest African music artists were determined by a number of factors such as endorsements, brand value, earnings, bookings, popularity, and social media presence.

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Though not more than two South African artists were named in the “Forbes list”, it had Nkosinathi Maphumulo coming as the second richest African music artist while Johannesburg’s Hugh Masekela came third.

Nkosinathi Maphumulo whose stage name is Black Coffee did not only promote South African Music across the African borders but has put it on the world map.

The multi-award winning South African record producer and DJ began his music career around 1995 while he was still in High School, singing in the school choir and studying the keyboard. He has since then, released five albums.

DJ Black-Coffee

He was born in KwaZulu-Natal but was raised in the Eastern Cape province, where struggle stalwart Nelson Mandela hailed from, before moving back to KZN to study music.

Emerging as the second richest Musician in Africa just after the international African superstar, Akon, Black Coffee is arguably the most prominent electronic music producer in Africa.

Black Coffee has won numerous awards including best male artists, Most talented male artist, SAMA best dance album.  In 2016 alone, the well-known artist won the SAMA Best album of the year, BET Award for Best International Act: Africa, and DJ Awards Best Deep House DJ.

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Next on the line is South Africa’s a renowned trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer, Hugh Masekela also known as the father of American television host Sal Masekela.

Masekela who was born in Kwa-Guqa Township, Witbank, South Africa, started his music career in 1959 when he joined a host of others in producing the first African jazz group to record.


Hugh Masekela is committed to restoring African heritage. He has so far released more than 43 albums and performed with Marvin Gaye, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Fela Kuti, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Miriam Makeba.

He won the Best Contemporary Pop Performance – Instrumental in 1968 and is still rocking his world with his trumpet.

The List in chronological order include:

1. Akon 

2. Black Coffee

3. Hugh Masekela

4. Don Jazzy – Nigeria

5. Tinashe – Zimbabwe

6. Jidenna – Nigeria

7. Wizkid – Nigeria

8. Davido – Nigeria

9. Sarkodie – Ghana

10. Oliver Mtukudzi – Zimbabwe