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    Grace Amos


      Looking at the wideness of the African continent also called the ‘Mother Continent’, its music is diverse to regions and nations. One interesting and exciting thing you will love about Africa is its richly varied and improvised music. It is expedient to know that the African continent has produced the most prominent names to reckon with in the entertainment/music industry, from oldies like Fela, Lucky Dube, Koffi Olomide, Salif Keita, and the new cats like Wizkid, Burna Boy, Olamide, and P-square.


      However, we will focus more on the richest musician in Africa. I know most of us would think it’s Davido, especially Nigerians (me sef join sha), and this is mostly informed by the catchphrase 30 billion gang in his song. Some say he is the richest musician in Nigeria but not sure, while others say it’s Don Jazzy.



      Surprisingly, the richest musician is from Senegal in Africa, a songwriter, singer, composer, musician, occasional actor, and politician who has held the spot for four years. He has an estimated net worth of $140 million.


      Born on October 1, 1959, Youssou N’Dour also known as Youssou Madjiguene Ndour is a Senegalese singer born in Dakar and began performing at age 12 in the most popular group in Dakar, Star Band. He went on his first tour in West Africa with the band, Super Diamond which he joined at age 15.


      After doing music for so many years with a popular band in Senegal, he started his own recording studio and record label which he called Jololi. Youssou Ndour also helped develop a style of popular Senegalese music known by all Senegambians as Mbalax, a sacred genre in the Serer. Ndour is one of the most celebrated African musicians in history especially for his mix of traditional Senegalese mbalax with diverse influences ranging from Cuban rumba to hip-hop , jazz, and soul. His creation has won him an international fan base of millions.


      Youssou has had several collaborations with noteworthy musicians like Peter Gabriel, Axelle Red, Sting, Alan Stivell, Bran Van 3000, Neneh Cherry, and Wyclef Jean, among several others. His biggest international hit single was a duet with Neneh Cherry, released in 1994. He is also known for his songwriting and performance of the official anthem of the 1998 FIFA World Cup with Axelle Red. He won his first Grammy Award in 2005 for his CD Egypt for Best Contemporary World Music Album.


      Asides from being a musician, Youssou Ndour is also an occasional actor. He starred in the African-British abolitionist Olaudah Equiano in the movie Amazing Grace which recorded the efforts of William Wilberforce to end slavery in the British Empire. He was also an activist and a key figure in the release of Nelson Mandela and a politician.


      Youssou Ndour has won several awards including the Danish Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Edison Awards, MOBO Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, Montreal International Jazz Festival, and Polar Music Prize, and has had several nominations for music. He has also released about 40 albums between 1982 to 2021.

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