Uganda Bobi Wine and Jose Chameleone tops East Africa richest musicians 2020 a head of Diamond Platnumz

East Africa’s dynamic entertainment industry is sprawling with immense creative talent Diamond, Bobi Wine and Jose. And the wealthiest artists have managed to play, sing or sensationalize their way up the tumultuous market niche. Indeed, they flaunt their wealth in supposed spendthrift escapades that are tabloids’ favourites. And their music videos, whereby most flaunt their earned wealth create a “high life” narrative. Aside from these showy antics, who are the richest musicians in East Africa, musicians that have bank accounts with many zeros?


richest musicians in East Africa

East Africa’s music industry has prospered over the past few years. If you are a music enthusiast and love local talent, you have obviously witnessed the tremendous improvement. Of course, the musicians have altered as well to utilize their creative talent in a technologically advanced setting for bigger gains.

Jose Chameleone

Hence, East African musicians are making more money than ever before, engaging audiences past their native countries. The richest rappers in East Africa own high-end properties, flashy cars, and boast of an executive lifestyle, desired by fans. Who are these musicians that draw a lot of inspiration because of their success?

List of the richest musicians in East Africa

East African countries share so much in cultural heritage and are historically connected through various means. Nations in this region share the same development ideology as happenings in each affect the other.

Bobi Wine Escalade

Therefore, although East Africa is a region with great diversity, common interests create great unity. And that is why musicians from East Africa thrive as they are renowned in the region as well as other countries all over the globe.

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Such factors have allowed them to grow their wealth as they gain global recognition. So, who do you think is the richest musician in East Africa? You probably have one of your favourites in mind.


1. Bobi Wine – net worth $7 million

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Ugandan musician, politician and activist Bobi Wine. Photo: @bobiwine

Bobi Wine, real name Robert Kyagulanyi is the richest musician in East Africa. He is amongst the earliest breeds of the new-age artists in the music industry to make a massive breath through. He has an estimated net worth of $7 million as of 2020.

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Today, Bobi Wine, is a popular activist, actor, businessman, philanthropist as well as a musician. These diverse interests have allowed the wealthy musician and influential personality to immensely grow his net worth not only in the entertainment industry but in other avenues.

Bobi Wine started his music career in the early 2000s. He adopted a certain type of style characterized by reggae, dance hall, and afrobeat, viral among music fans in East Africa. The renowned musician has released more than 70 songs in over fifteen years in the industry and has enjoyed a great reception in East Africa.

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The majority of Bobi Wine’s money comes from music, Uganda’s cab industry, farming and real estate. Bobi Wine also has numerous brand endorsements, and his activism has allowed him to represent the interests of various NGOs in his country. According to his current net worth, he is the richest musician in Uganda.

Bobi Wine

Bobi Wine


2. Jose Chameleone – net worth $6.2 million

Ugandan musician and politician Jose Chameleone. Photo: @jchameleon

Jose would easily clinch the richest musician in Uganda title, but for now, Bobi Wine is the king in the country. Jose is a singer and songwriter and has released numerous impressive, entertaining and best-selling records. Indeed, his performances are eccentric, giving fans what they yearn for. As of 2020, Jose Chameleone’s estimated net worth is $6.2 million.


Jose is also following Bobi Wine’s footsteps in seeking a political seat. He has been nominated, among other candidates for the Kampala Lord Mayor seat in the 2021 polls. Jose regularly flaunts his wealth and is common in tabloids for his spendthrift lifestyle.

The multitalented artist owns a personal studio called Leone Island Studio that he uses to complete his music projects. Additionally, he has various business interests, including a mobile phone branded Chameleone.


3. Diamond Platnumz – net worth $5.1 million

Diamond Platnumz

Diamond Platnumz

Tanzania’s most influential and richest artist and CEO of WCB Records Diamond Platnumz. Photo: @diamondplatnumz

Diamond Platnumz’s popularity in Africa and the rest of the world easily ranks him as the best artist in East Africa. His songs that have been transitioning over time from a pure Bongo Flava tune to the contemporary modern beats have received a great reception.

Not only is Diamond a musician, but he is a philanthropist, businessman and dancer. His estimated net worth as of 2020 is $5.1 million.

Diamond is the founder and CEO of WCB Wasafi Record Label and a television and radio station under the same brand. Currently, diamond is one of the most loved and decorated artists in East and Central Africa.

[Photo/Courtesy Instagram]

[Photo/Courtesy Instagram]

Also, he is believed to be the biggest-selling musician in Tanzania of mobile ringtones. This, among many other business interests like sponsorship and brand ambassador deals, has been increasing Diamond Platnumz’s wealth over time.

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4. Ali Kiba – net worth $5 million

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Tanzanian singer-songwriter, and footballer Ali Kiba. Photo: @officialalikiba

Ali Kiba is amongst the richest musicians in Tanzania. The renowned Tanzanian artist started making music seriously in 2004 after completing his high school education. He turned down an offer to join Tanzania’s national soccer team, opting for a career in music that has earned him a lot of money over the years.

Ali Kiba

The musician has received numerous brand endorsement, on top of releasing many hits that East African’s love. Indeed, these among many other investments have earned him massive wealth over time, making him one of the wealthiest artists in Tanzania with a net worth of $5 million.


5. Lady Jaydee – net worth $3.9 million

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Tanzanian singer Lady Jaydee. Photo: @jidejaydee

Lady Jaydee was amongst the first female R&B artist in East Africa to make great headway. Of course, being among the first breakthroughs in a new niche has to offer certain monetary advantages. In her native country, she is a legend and revered as an industry pioneer.

That is why she has been nicknamed the Queen of Bongo Flava. She has a massive net worth that is estimated to be worth millions of Tanzanian shillings.


6. Professor Jay – net worth $3.1 million

Legendary Tanzanian musician Professor Jay. Photo: @professorjaytz

Professor Jay, with an estimated net worth of $3.1 million, makes the list of the richest musicians in East Africa. His is a legend in East Africa’s entertainment industry with profound roots and a career spanning numerous years.

The talented artist’s experience and exposure in the music industry have allowed him to nurture many talents and put sizeable investments in the industry. He is heavily invested in real estate and the transport business in Tanzania. Professor Jay’s fan base, mostly of people above 30 years old, make sure that he stays at the top of other East African musicians.


7. Jaguar – net worth $3.2 million


Kenyan musician and politician Jaguar. Photo: @jaguarkenya

Jaguar is a famous musician, and politician from Kenya ranked amongst the richest musicians in East Africa.

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