Have you been wondering who the Top 10 Richest Cameroonian Musicians are? Then you’ve just landed on the right page.
Over the years, the music industry in Africa has evolved and musicians are making quite a lot of money from it. It is actually one of the highest-paying fields. And of course, Cameroonian musicians are not left out as most of them buy cars, houses, and other prestigious assets every now and then.
Musicians are notorious for extravagant purchases and flaunting their wealth. Of course, they are all talented, hardworking and each of them has a unique style of performing.
Still, only the ones with the highest net worth are on this list of top 10 richest Cameroonian musicians. And when you analyze how much they make, it won’t come as a surprise because they have put in a lot of work into their music over the years.
We will give you the net worth of these Top 10 Richest Cameroonian Musicians and some information about them. Talking about their net worths, our figures may not be exact and what we have are just approximations.
Top 10 Richest Cameroonian Musicians
10. Mani Bella
Estimate Net worth: $55,000
Mani Bella is a Cameroonian bikutsi singer, born Véronique Mani Bella in Yaounde on October 29, 1987.
Mani Bella’s first album Pousse la vie which was released in 2010, introduced her to the Cameroonian music scene but it was the hit track Pala pala released in 2014, which earned her stardom on the Cameroonian and international music scene. Mani Bella now has 2 albums and several singles and collabos to her credit.
The success of her song Pala Pala earned Mani Bella the best artist award at the Kunde d’or in Burkina Faso as well as best African artist at the Africa Music Awards in Brazzaville and a nomination for the Kora Awards in 2016.
In 2015, she was selected to perform the official anthem of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) at the official ceremony in Equatorial Guinea alongside Singuila, Fally Ipupa and Toofan.
9. Pit Baccardi
Estimate Net worth: $70,000
Pit Baccardi (Real name –Guillaume N’Goumou) is a Cameroonian rapper and producer who was born in Cameroon’s capital city, Yaounde in 1978.
He released his second solo album, Le Poids des maux, , in 2002, which reached 55th place in the French rankings. He then participated in the Hard Core album which was released at the end of 2005.
8. Grace Decca
Estimate Net worth: $95,000
Ndom’a Deccah Grace known professionally as Grace Decca was born on September 23, 1966. She is a Cameroonian legendary makossa singer and producer from the economic capital of Cameroon, Douala. She is also a sister to makossa icon, Ben Decca who is also on this list of top 10 richest Cameroonian musicians. She performed with him and other artists, such as Jean Jacques Goldman before launching her solo career in 1989 with her first ever album titled Besoin d’amour.
Grace Decca’s five other Makossa albums are Le Duo D.K (1992), Doï La Mulema (1993), Appelle-moi Princesse (1998), and Donne-moi un peu d’amour (2001). She made a powerful comeback to the Cameroonian music industry in 2014 with a gospel album titled Mouna. She currently runs her own record label, GNS Productions.
7. Lady Ponce
Estimate Net worth: $135,000
Dèle Ruffine Ngono, known by her artistic name as Lady Ponce, is a Cameroonian bikutsi singer and songwriter born in Mbalmayo, Cameroon on July 24, 1983.
Lady Ponce released her first album, Le ventre et le bas-ventre, in 2007 and it featured six songs. The album won her the Canal 2’Or’s Best Voice and Musical Revelation awards for that year. Lady Ponce was motivated by the success of her first album and went on to record three more albums, produced by Jean Pierre Saah: Confession in 2009, La loi du talion in 2011, and Bombe atomique in 2012, containing ten, twelve, and twelve tracks respectively.
Albums so far
- Le ventre & le bas-ventre (2007)
- Confession (2009)
- La loi du talion (2011)
- Bombe atomique (2012)
- Bain de sons (2015)
- Patrimoine (2017)
6. Ben Decca
Estimate Net worth: $145,000
Benjamin Decca, known artistically as Ben Decca is a Cameroonian makossa singer and songwriter born on February 23, 1958, in Douala. He has an outstanding 30-year music career to his credit.
Ben Decca got into music in the late 1970s. He released his first solo album in 1981. Ben Decca is known for singing mainly about love, in French, and in the Duala language. He is a brother to legendary makossa icon, Grace Decca who is also on this list of Top 10 Richest Cameroonian Musicians.
5. Stanley Enow
Estimate Net worth: $250,000
Stanley Ebai Enow known professionally as Stanley Enow is a Cameroonian rapper born on August 2, 1985 in Bafoussam, West Region of Cameroon.
He rose to stardom in 2013 after releasing “Hein Pere.” He is the co-owner of the record label, Motherland Empire. Stanley was the first Cameroonian to win in the Best New Act category at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards. The “Hein Pere” music video won the award for Best Video of the Year at the 2013 Balafon Music Awards. The song was ranked at number 1 on Reverbnation’s Cameroon list, and on Trace Africa. Stanley Enow released his second single “TumbuBoss” (“Toumbou Boss Deluxe”) in April 2014.
Stanley Enow is currently the only Cameroonian who has been nominated for the MTV Africa Music Awards, where he won the Best New Act award in 2014. He also bagged Best New Act and got nominated for Best Male Central Africa at the 2014 African Muzik Magazine Awards.
Soldier Like Ma Papa (2015)
Stanley vs Enow (2019)
4. Petit Pays
According to Le Bled Parle, Petit Pays has an estimated net worth of $ 800,000. Approximately 526,554,000 FCFA.
Adolphe Claude Alexandre Moundi professionally known as Petit Pays is one of Cameroon’s most popular musicians of all time, born on June 5, 1967.
According to Wikipedia, Petit-Pays has over 35 albums to his credit and is the Cameroonian musician with the highest number of songs ever.
In 1996, he sold over 50,000 cassettes in just one day when he released of his Double Album titled “Class F and Class M.”
Rabba Rabbi or Omega as most of his fans call him has a band, known as Les Sans Visas. The band has members who have moved on to start their own solo careers over the 1990s over the last two decades. It includes artists like Jojo Moussio, Samy Diko, Kaïssa Pakito, Samantha Fock, Guy Manu, Njohreur, Xavier Lagaf, Mathematik, Sony 007 and Monny Eka. He gave the name “Sans-Visas” to his band because he was deported from France in 1985 for not having a visa.
3. Richard Bona
Estimate Net worth: $5 million
Bona Pinder Yayumayalolo popularly known as Richard Bona is a Cameroonian legendary musician and Grammy Award nominee born in Minta, Cameroon, into a family of musicians in 1967. His grandfather was a griot – a West African singer of praise and storyteller – and percussionist and his mother was a singer. This inspired him to start learning music from a young age and when he was four years old, Bona started to play the balafon (a gourd-resonated xylophone, a type of struck idiophone). When Bona was five, he began performing at his village church. Not being wealthy, Bona made many of his own instruments: including flutes and guitars (with cords strung over an old motorcycle tank).
His talent didn’t go unnoticed as he was often invited to perform at festivals and ceremonies. Bona began learning to play the guitar at the age of 11, and in 1980, he assembled his first ensemble for a French jazz club in Douala at age 13. The owner befriended him and helped him discover jazz music, in particular that of Jaco Pastorius, which inspired Bona to switch his focus to the electric bass.
His debut solo album, Scenes from My Life, was released in 1999.
In 2002, Richard Bona released another album title “Speaking of Now.”
In 2005 Bona released his fourth solo album Tiki, which included collaboration with John Legend on one track, entitled “Please Don’t Stop.” The album was nominated for Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 49th Grammy Awards.
2 Yannick Naoh
Estimate Net worth: $10 million
Yannick Noah, born 18 May 1960, is a French Musician and former Professional Tennis player of Cameroonian descent. He won the French Open in 1983, and currently captains both France’s Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams. During his career, which lasted for almost two decades, Noah captured a total of 23 singles titles and 16 doubles titles, reaching a career-high singles ranking of world No. 3 in July 1986 and attaining the World No. 1 doubles ranking the following month. Since his retirement from the game of tennis, Noah has stayed in the public eye as a popular music performer and as the co-founder, with his mother, of a charity organization for underprivileged kids.
Since retiring as a Professional tennis player in 1996, Noah has developed a career as a popular singer, performing throughout Europe. He began his music career in 1991 with the album Black or What, featuring the popular track “Saga Africa”, which he made the stadium sing with his players after the famous Davis Cup final win. In 1993, he released the album Urban Tribu with the single “Get on Back”, followed by the album Zam Zam in 1998.
With the help of his manager, Jean-Pierre Weiller, Yannick’s musical career grew even stronger in 2000 with his self-titled 4th album Yannick Noah, written by Erick Benzi and Robert Goldman. The single “Simon Papa Tara” was written by Robert Goldman. The album also included songs by Bob Marley and the group Téléphone. In 2005, Noah performed at Bob Geldof’s Live 8 concert, a fundraiser aimed at alleviating poverty in Africa.
On 21 July 2009, Noah made his U.S. live debut, headlining a concert in front of a packed house at the popular free outdoor performing arts festival in New York City, Central Park SummerStage. The performance was part of France’s global music celebration Fête de la Musique.
In 2010, Yannick returned to the music world with the release of Frontières, his eighth studio album. The album contained the track “Angela“, a tribute to Angela Davis. It also contained a collabo with Aṣa in “Hello”. On 25 September 2010, Yannick wowed close to 80,000 spectators at the Stade de France during an exceptional concert.
Well, Noah does not spend all his money alone. He is active in charity work. In fact, the super star’s involvement in a number of charities has earned him a top position on the list of the most favorite French personalities according to a joint survey of Ifop and Le Journal du Dimanche in 2007.
He supports Enfants de la Terre, a charity his mother, Marie Claire created in 1988. Noah also has his own charity Fête le Mur which he founded in 1996, a tennis charity and adaptation for underprivileged children, particularly in the poor areas and the banlieues (a suburb of a French city, especially Paris). Well if you think that is all, then you don’t know how invoved Naoh is into charity. He is also a spokesman for Appel des Enfants pour l’Environnement that was started by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Noah took part in singing with Les Enfoirés to help Les Restos du Cœur. He also took part in telethons and sponsored the Téléthon 2005. He currently sponsors the Association Terre-des-Hommes in Massongex (Suisse). He also donated proceeds of his 2008 concert of Grands Gamins, to Sol En Si, an AIDS charity.
1 . Dencia
Estimate Net worth: $30 Million
Reprudencia Sonkey, known by her artistic name as Dencia, is a Cameroonian-born Pop singer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. She was born on March 26, 1992, in Yaounde, the capital city of Cameroon.
She started her music career by appearing as a video vixen in music videos for artists like 50 Cent, Chris Brown, Lady Gaga, and Ludacris.
Dencia’s debut single “Beri Beri” was released in 2011.
Well, Dencia does not only get her from music. She is into fashion designing as well. She has created looks for superstars like Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Christina Milian, and Lil’ Mama. She is also known for her own fashion statements and appearances on red carpets at the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammys, and the American Music Awards.
Dencia is also into skin care. In 2014, she launched her skincare line. It is called Whitenicious.