Akon, Senegalese-American R&B and hip-hop recording artist, songwriter and producer, has been named the most bankable African urban artist by Forbes Africa.
The Top 10 Most Bankable Urban Artists list has been compiled by Forbes Africa magazine in collaboration with Channel O Africa, taking into account the brand value of urban artists who are active on the continent.
Music sales, performance price tags, social media influence, music awards won and performances during 2012 are believed to have been used as criteria in the compilation of this list.
Also on the list appear the names of the brothers identical twins Peter and Paul Okoye (P-Square), Forbes Africa said. The two brothers, who took the music world by storm, have sold 40 million copies from their five albums.
A partnership with Akon’s Konvict music label and hit remixes, featuring Akon and US star Rick Ross, catapulted this multi-award winning duo beyond the African continent.
Nigeria, which takes the bulk of the contenders’ list, also has D’Banj, Wizkid, 2face, Don Jazzy and Ice Prince.
Thirty-two-year-old Angolan born, Anselmo Ralph Andrade Lamb’s total sales add up to around 800 000 leaving him at number seven on the list with Ghanaian Sarkordie a close eight.
Grab the latest edition of Forbes Africa magazine on 4 September 2013.