Ghanaian musicians are currently making huge successes and it is certain that very soon, some of them will join the list of the richest African musicians. The saying that the laborer is worthy of his wage is confirmed in the lives and career of Ghanaian musicians who are really working hard to make it in the field of music. There are some of them who had nothing before climbing up the music stage but today, they are self-made millionaires.
It would have been very hard for them if their source of income is only from the sales of their music CD’s with all the level of piracy in the entertainment market, but we got to discover that they make ‘the big money’ from life shows and concerts, tours, and endorsements deals. Music has really done a lot of them good, moving them from rags to riches. Have a look at Ghanaian musicians whose wealth came from music:
10. Kwaw Kese
Emmanuel Kofi Botwe, a.k.a, Kwaw Kese was actually from a poor background but his love for music totally brought him fortune. He started writing songs, wrapping and doing some stage entertainments among his friends and classmates while he was still in the junior secondary school. His popularity began when he released his first hit, Oye Nonsense on the compilation album, The Execution Diary. Since then, he has been coming up in the music world and has featured in shows of more prominent musicians like Wyclef Jean, 2Face Idibia, Professor J of Tanzania, Sarkodie, Brymo, Memphis Bleek, etc. he currently owns his own record label, has a ward named after him at the Panthang Mental Home in Accra, and has also been nominated for some music awards. His hardwork has really paid off.
9. Reggie Rockstone
Popularly known as the Grandpapa or Godfather of Hiplife, Reggie has made fortunes out of music. He currently owns the booming the ‘Django Bar’ and ‘Grandpapa’s lounge/bar’ which he was able to establish with the money he made from the deal he signed with Globacom. Though we wouldn’t say he was born poor but the fact is that music is a major contributor to his wealth.
Desmond Kwesi Blackmore, a.k.a, Damian-Black is know to be one of the most hardworking Ghanaian musicians. His parents were hip hoppers and this made him to start recording rhmes even before teenage age, and at 18, he was already the CEO of Sportn’ Life records. Not long ago, he signed a very handsome deal worth about $150 000 with rLG. He has released several tracks which made hits in Ghana. I would say, that everything about his success revolves around music.
Emmanuel Andrews Samini started his music career with singing in the church choir. Samini has released four studio albums, with all being very successful on the commercial market. His success and recognition began when his first single, Linda, was released and he subsequently appeared on other successful singles by other artistes. He has won several music awards including, ‘Best African Act'(2006), ‘African Artiste of the Year'(2008). Though it looks like he’s not standing on his two feet in the music career at the moment but we’ll never forget the big hits he has made in the field.
R2Bees is a Ghanaian hip-hop/hiplife group made up of Faisal Hakeem (Paedae da Pralem) and Rashid Mugeez (Mugeez). The word R2Bees was coined from the group’s mantra, ‘Refuse to be broke’. Though they are not too serious with their music career and do not seem to depend on it for survival;it is still undeniable that their talents in music has done so much for them. They have an independent label called R2Bees Entertainment and are also brand ambassadors t rLG which is estimated to worth $300 0000.