Top 50 Most Popular Musicians in East Africa 2023

Top 50 Most Popular Musicians in East Africa
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Top 50 Most Popular Musicians in East Africa 2022

 

Finally, let’s take a look at the top 50 most popular musicians in East Africa, shall we?

 

After all, I have walked you through the top 10, top 20, top 30 and top 40. so, here we go:

 

  • Jux
  • The Ben
  • Eddy Kenzo
  • Bi Kidude
  • Juliana Kanyomozi
  • Sarkodie
  • Zuchu
  • Oliver mtukudzi
  • Nyashinski
  • Ommy Dimpoz

 

  • Jux

 

Jux, also known as African Boy, will be among the top 50 most popular musicians in East Africa by 2022. 

 

Juma Mussa Mkambala is his real name. He was born on September 1, 1989, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is now 33 years old. 

 

He began rapping at the age of 16. He signed with Tanzanian record label A.M records in 2008. 

 

He shifted his musical style and began recording R&B songs. Sugua (featuring Diamond), Juu (featuring Vanessa Mdee), and Regina(ft Otile Brown) are some of his most popular songs. 

 

He has received two awards, one of which was the Tanzania Music Awards. 

 

He has one album comprising 18 songs. He has almost 6 million Instagram followers.

 

Jux’s net worth is $1.5 million as of 2022 making him one of the richest musicians in Tanzania.

 

  • The Ben

 

Benjamin Mugisha, also known as The Ben, is a musician, singer, and songwriter from Uganda/Rwanda. 

 

He is one of the most popular musicians in East Africa. Ben was born in Kampala, Uganda, on January 9, 1987, and is currently 35 years old. 

 

He took part in the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has also performed on large stages such as the UN headquarters. Ben has released two albums. 

 

He has received four awards, three of which are Salas Music Awards. Why (featuring Diamond Platnumz), I’m in Love, and Habibi is some of his most popular songs. 

 

He has more than 700K Instagram followers.

 

The Ben’s net worth is $1.5 Million as of 2022. 

 

  • Eddy Kenzo

 

Edrisah Musuuza is his real name. He was born in Masaka, Uganda on December 25, 1989. 

 

He began his career in 2008 when he released his first single, Yannimba.

 

 Eddy rose to prominence after the video for his song Sitya Loss, which featured ghetto kids, went viral. 

 

He’s still the most popular musician in East Africa in 2022. He has four albums, the most recent being Made in Africa, which was released in 2021. 

 

Sitya Loss, Tweyagale, and Weekend are some of his most popular songs. 

 

He has received thirteen awards, including one BET Award. He has over a million followers on Instagram.

 

Eddy Kenzo’s net worth is $1.5 million as of 2022.

 

  • Bi Kidude

 

Bi Kidude, real name Fatima Binti Baraka, was a Tanzanian Taarab singer from Zanzibar. 

 

She was dubbed “the Queen of Taarab and Unyago music.” Unfortunately, she died on April 17, 2013, at the age of 102-103. 

 

She was well-known before that and spent a lot of time traveling around the world. Kidude was known as the world’s oldest touring singer. 

 

She received the WOMEX Award Medal for Arts and Sports in 2005 for her contributions to music and culture in Zanzibar. 

 

Muhogo wa Jang’ombe, kijiti, and Ahmada (ft OffSide Trick) are some of her popular songs for Taarab lovers.

 

  • Juliana kanyomozi

 

She is one of the few African artists who use their real name. 

 

Juliana Kanyomozi can’t miss our list of the top 50 most popular musicians in East Africa 2022. 

 

She was born in Uganda on November 27, 1980. She is currently 42 years old. 

 

She began her career in 2008 as an actor in the Ugandan crime thriller film Kiwani: 

 

The Movie. She has received eighteen awards, including five Pearl of Africa Music Awards.

 

 Haturudi Nyuma (Kidum), Kalibatanya, and Mpita Njia ( ft Alicios) are some of her most popular songs. 

 

She has four studio albums. She has 679K followers on Instagram.

 

Juliana Kanyomozi’s net worth is $1.5 Million as of 2022.

 

  • Sarkodie

 

Michael Owusu Addo, better known as Sarkodie, is a Ghanaian rapper, songwriter, and businessman. 

 

He was born in Tema, Ghana, on July 10, 1988. He is currently 37 years old. 

 

He began his professional career in 2005. He rose to prominence after the release of one of his songs, I’m In Luv With You. 

 

Makye, his debut album, contains 11 songs. Some of his most popular songs include Lucky (featuring Rudeboy), Pain Killer, and Adonai. 

 

He has six studio albums, two live albums, and one collaborative album to his credit. 

 

He has 106 awards to his name, including 26 Ghana Music Awards. Sarkodie has two Bet Awards as well.

 

He is one of the most popular musicians in Ghana. He has over 5 million followers on Instagram.

 

Sarkodie’s net worth is $7 million as of 2022.

 

  • Zuchu

 

She was born Zuhura Othman Soud on November 22, 1993, in Zanzibar, Tanzania. 

 

Zuchu is a Tanzanian songwriter and singer. She is 28 years old right now. 

 

She began her career in 2015 when she competed in the Tecno Take in Lagos, losing to Sapera. She is signed to the WCB Wasafi record labels. 

 

She is the daughter of revered and famous female Zanzibari Taarab musician Khadija Kopa. 

 

Zuchu’s debut album, I am Zuchu, contains seven songs. Her other album is Side2side. Sukari, Cheche” (featuring Diamond Platnumz), and Nobody” is among her most popular songs (ft Joe Boy). 

 

She has received an AFRIMMA Emerging Artist Award.

 

Zuchu has over 5 million followers on Instagram. 

 

Zuchu’s net worth is $53.7K as of 2022. 

 

  • Oliver mtukudzi

 

Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi was a musician, businessman, and philanthropist from Zimbabwe. 

 

He was born in Highfield, Southern Rhodesia, on September 22, 1952. (recently known as Harare, Zimbabwe). He died on January 23, 2019, at the age of 66. 

 

In 1977, he began his musical career. He was a human rights activist and UNICEF’s Southern Africa Goodwill Ambassador. 

 

In 1992, he received an M-Net Best Soundtrack Award for Neria. 

 

He has nearly 60 songs, the most popular of which are Neria, Ndega Zvangu, and Africa.

 

  • Nyashinski

 

Duncan Nyamari Ongegu, better known by his stage name Nyashinski, is a multi-talented Kenyan rapper. 

 

He was born in Kenya on April 8, 1981. He is currently 41 years old. 

 

He began his career in 1999 when he formed the Kleptomaniax band with Collo and Roba. 

 

In 2002, the group signed with the Ogopa Deejays record label and released their first single, “Freak It.” 

 

The band split up in 2009, but not before releasing two albums. 

 

Nyashinski has been out of the spotlight for a while, but he returned in 2016 with the hit song Malaika. 

 

He has since had a string of hits, including Hayawani and Properly (ft Femi One). 

 

He has received numerous awards, including three under Kleptomania. He has 678 followers on Instagram.

 

Nyashinski’s net worth is $ 1 million as of 2022.

 

  • Ommy Dimpoz

 

Omary Nyemobo is his given name. He was born in Dar es Salam, Tanzania, on July 30, 1987. 

 

He is a Bongo Flava artist, singer, and songwriter from Tanzania. He is currently signed to one of East Africa’s largest music recording labels, Rockstar400. 

 

Dimpoz discovered his love of music while still in primary school. He and his friends formed a group called West VIP in high school. 

 

Later, in 2011, he left to pursue a solo career. Later that year, he met Ali Kiba, who helped him in producing the song Nai Nai. The song catapulted him to fame. 

 

He went on to produce hits like Badae, Me and You (ft Vanessa Mdee), and Sweet (ft Dully Sykes). 

 

He has five awards, three of which are the Tanzania Music Awards. He has more than 7 million Instagram followers.

 

Ommy Dimpoz’s net worth is $2 million as of 2022.

 

Frequently Asked Question

 

Certainly, you now know who the most popular East Africa artists are, yeah?

 

But I trust you still have some questions which I intend to answer below…

 

Who is the most popular musician in East Africa right now? 

 

Diamond Platnumz is the most popular musician in East Africa right now. He is a Tanzanian musician. He also owns the record label WCB Wasafi. He is one of the richest musicians in East Africa, with the majority of his earnings coming from endorsements, his record label, and primarily music.

 

Who is the most popular singer in East Africa? 

 

Eddy Kenzo is East Africa’s most popular singer. He demonstrated this by defeating Diamond Platnumz to win the Best Male Artiste of the Year Award in East Africa at the 2021 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).

 

Who is the Billboard No 1 singer In East Africa?

 

Diamond Platnumz is the Billboard number one singer in East Africa. He is the first artist from Sub-Saharan Africa to have over 1 billion YouTube views. He has also received three BET Award nominations for the best international act.

 

Who is the most loved musician in East Africa?

 

With over 2 million followers, Otile Brown is the most loved musician in East Africa. Furthermore, he is one of the musicians who have a large number of subscribers across all of his streaming platforms.

 

Who is the biggest pop star in East Africa

 

Sarkodie is the biggest pop star in East Africa. He is one of Ghana’s most popular male singers. SMCEs named him one of the most incredible musicians in Africa.

 

Conclusion

 

So there you have it, the top 50 most popular musicians in East Africa.

 

Which of your favorite East African musician did not make this list?

 

I would love to hear from you so that I can research and add him or her to this list.

 

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