Here Is A List Of The Richest Musicians In Kenya, Ringtone Is Nowhere!

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Kenya has some of the finest and famous musicians in Africa who have, besides entertaining people, built successful businesses.

Unlike in the past when musicians made their income by selling compact discs (CDs), the music industry had evolved over the years, with artistes now earning millions from streams.

The 2015-2019 PriceWaterhouseCoopers report titled Entertainment and Media Outlook ranked the Kenyan entertainment industry third in Africa with over KSh 189 billion in revenue.

In July 2021, the Music Copyright Society of Kenya declared a distribution of royalties of KSh 22 million from revenues collected between January to July 2021.

1. Akothee

Esther Akoth, popularly known as Akothee, is the founder of Akothee Safaris, a tour company based in Kenya.

She runs Akothee Foundation, Aknotela Entertainment Ltd and Akothee Homes, a real estate business.

Born in 1980, the popular musician grew in Migori and attended Nyabisawa Girls Secondary School. She, however, dropped out of school in Form Two and was forced into early marriage. After running from home, the 41-year-old got her first child aged 14 and worked as a house-help at her mother-in-law’s place for seven years.

In 2000, she clashed with her mother-in-law, and she left to fend for herself working as a fish hawker in Kanga.

She resumed school later and completed her secondary school in 2004, scoring a mean grade of C+.

Her music career started in 2008, and since then, she has not looked back, releasing several hits with local and international musicians.

In 2021, Forbes ranked her the 15th richest musician in Africa with a networth of $ 10 million (KSh 1.09 billion).


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The self-proclaimed president of single mothers owns mansions in different locations, with the notable one being the multimillion home in Rongo, Migori county, worth over KSh 80 million.

2. Bahati

Bahati, whose real name is Kevin Mbuvi Kioko, is one of the youngest successful artistes in Kenya. The 27-year-old grew up as an orphan in ABC Orphanage Home from seven when he lost his mum. His father had died earlier.

He rose to fame in 2013 when he released his first single and video titled Siku Ya Kwanza.


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In 2018, the singer bought his wife, Diana Marua, a house he claimed cost him KSh 10 million.

The gospel singer turned gengetone musician was the brains behind Eastlands Most Beloved (EMB) records.

In April 2020, he announced the company’s closure following wrangles with artistes who signed with it. In a YouTube video, the father of four claimed people were willing to block the progress of any artiste he supported to spite him.

Bahati blamed gospel godfathers for making it hard for most gospel artistes to rise and flourish in the flooded industry.

According to available data, Bahati’s net worth is estimated at $ 15 million (KSh 1.6 billion).

3. Sauti Sol

Kenyan award-winning afro-pop band, Sauti Sol, has an estimated net worth of $ 20 million (KSh 2.2 billion).

Formed in 2005, it is composed of vocalists Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Savara Mudig and guitarist Polycarp Otieno.

The group has held mind-blowing performances locally and abroad and are behind popular hits such as Suzanna, Sura Yako and Melanin.


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The band has received local and international accolades and nominations, including at the Kisima Music Awards, the Channel O Music Video Awards, the MTV Europe Music Awards, and the BET Awards.

Their most famous performance was in 2015 when they danced with the 44th US president Barack Obama on his visit to his ancestral home.

“You know anyone can be in an MTV award but Dancing with former US president Barrack Obama was like a really great moment,” Bien said in an interview on Singleton Stories.

4. Jaguar

Starehe member of parliament (MP) Charles Kanyi, often referred to as Jaguar, is a popular vocalist behind the famous Kigeugeu song that dominated airwaves in the 2013 and 2017 General Election.

The song criticises politicians who go against their word. Jaguar was elected MP in the 2017 General on a Jubilee ticket after charming the youth with his music.


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He owns a fleet of multi-million cars, including a Bentley, Range Rover Sports, Mercedes Benz, Toyota MarkX, BMW 5 Series and Jaguar.

He also owns a mansion in Nairobi, where he stays with his family.

His net worth is estimated at $ 9 million (KSh 986 million).

5. King Kaka

Kennedy Ombima is famed for his Kaka Empire.

The Kaka Empire is a fully-fledged artiste-management company that grew from a music production house.


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Speaking to OMGVoice, the poet turned entrepreneur confirmed owing multiple businesses but did not divulge details of his net worth.

“Yes, I own multiple businesses that have managed to employ a number of people but my grandma always told me never discuss your money with strangers. So that’s about it,” he said.

Source: Tuko

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