Who exactly are the highest paid musicians in Kenya in 2020? Kenyan musicians are not as rich as artistes from regions like USA and UK but there are a couple of them earning a decent pay.
Kenyan musicians earn from Music Copyright Society of Kenya, endorsements, private business YouTube, live shows and from selling of their music. A couple of them earn as high as Ksh2 million per month. The list below gives details of what the highest paid musicians in Kenya take home every month.
- Sauti Sol—Ksh4 million per month(Collectively)
- Akothee—Ksh 3 million per month
- Bahati—Ksh900,000 per month
- Willy Paul—Ksh650,000 per month
- Kaligraph Jones—Ksh 800,000 per month
- Nameless—Ksh600,000 per month
- Mercy Masika—Ksh400,000 per month
- Nyashinski—Ksh 450,000 per month
- Size 8—Ksh300,000 per month
Sauti Sol charge as high as Ksh 500,000 to perform at an event. Akothee, who is a mother of 5 doubles as a musician and an entrepreneur. In a good month, she earns upwards of Ksh5 million. Kaligraph Jones is another artiste who is eating life with a big spoon, she performs for Ksh 100,000 and above per show.
Despite those musicians earning such huge amounts of money, other musicians are languishing in poverty. Only musicians who are creative earn a decent income.
If you want to succeed as a musician, diversify your sources of income, make sure you own a private business, a YouTube channel and perform in shows. In addition, fight for endorsements from corporates. The worst thing about Kenyan musicians is that they use vulgar language. Endorsements won’t come by if you are vulgar, which is why musicians like Size 8 dropped secular music for gospel.