Zea.NG can attest that 2022 was a fantastic year for Ghanaian entertainment, particularly musicians.From one completely sold-out event to the next.
Given the state of the economy, one would think that our musicians’ fees would be reduced, but no! Absolutely not. In fact, most of our Ghanaian musicians’ performance fees have increased since 2021/2022.
Zea.NG exclusively walks you through the budget you’d need to get any of the top musicians to perform at an event you want them to be a part of.
We must, however, add that, several factors come into play when a musician is quoting a charge for a performance.
Some are the location (Whether Local, in Ghana or a foreign country) .Also, the relationship between the artiste and the one or the event organizer he/she will be performing for comes into play.
How did we come by these figures?
Zea.NG researched, spoke to some of the event organizers, artistes managers and thus concluded on these figures.
some of the artists may charge less or even more than the figures quoted depending on some of the factors we’ve stated already.
Nonetheless, and putting all the business acumen together, expect to negotiate with the musicians/managers from these ‘starting’ figures.
9. Joyce Blessing — ¢20,000
Joyce Blessing is the only gospel musician to make it into the top 10 highest paid Ghanaian musicians and their earnings per show.
The zylofon media artiste worked her a*s off last year and played a lot of shows.From the S concert to Adom praiz just to mention a few.
Don’t be surprised if she makes the list to the VGMA Artiste of the year category.A lso, she is one gospel artist who has been full of one controversy to another scandal.She charges 20,000 cedis for a show we gathered.
8.Patapaa – ¢30,000
Ghanaian musician, Patapaa of One Corner fame is arguably the biggest artiste at the moment and it’s not surprising that his manager, Godfred Bokpin said if you want to feature him, you have to dish out a whopping ?10,000—Thats for a feature and to get him to perform, you might have to triple that or even more if it’s an international show.
7. Mzvee — ¢40,000
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Lynx Entertainment record label artiste, MzVee was one of the busiest artists in 2017.From Performing Citifm’s December 2 Remember to Becca Unveiled among several other shows.
The BET award nominee is one of the highest paid female artistes in Ghana and according to Zea.NG‘s research, MzVee’s quoting charge starts from 40,000 cedis and if it’s an international show may quote the 15,000-20,000 dollars.
6.Fancy Gadam — ¢50,000
VGMA 2017 “Best New Artiste” Fancy Gadam is undoubtedly the pride of the North who is flying high in the Ghanaian music industry.
He is a ‘stadium filler’ and charges huge to perform at a show.
Fancy Gadam is a strong contender for the Vodafone Ghana Music awards 2018 artiste of the year after filling the Kumasi Sports Stadium, Bokum Sports Arena and Tamale Sports Stadium with the Gadam Nation Concert.
Born Ahmed Mujahid Bello, Fancy is also a recipient of a BASS Award for Discovery of the Year, 2017 VGMA Best New Act, as well as a 2016 JIGWE award for Best New Artist, and has been associated with the likes of Medikal, Wiyaala, Shatta Wale, Sarkodie among others.
Fancy is the author of several hit songs including Total Cheat (featuring Sarkodie), off his 2017 album “Mujahid’.
He has released collaborations with Patoranking and is set to release some with Mr.Eazy and R2bees before ending of December 2018.
5.Kuami Eugene — ¢60,000
The current toast of Ghanaian music lovers signed to the Lynx Entertainment record label, Kuami Eugene is one of the faces of the new school making waves in the Ghanaian music industry.
Kuami Eugene with his label brother Kidi performed at almost every top show in Ghana last year and pocketed a lot of cash too. Ghpage.com gathered, getting Kuami’s services will cost you 60,000 cedis.
His song ‘Angela’ was the 5th most played song in Musiga Lists Top 20 Most Played Music On Radio,2017.
4.Kidi — ¢60,000
Lynx label mates, Kidi and Kuami Eugene are like ‘twins’. Aside from looks, they have almost everything in common.
Both are products from MTN hitmaker, got a breakthrough hit songs within the same period of time and in terms of performances and charges, one cannot go without the other.
His banger, Odo, was the 3rd most played song on radio in 2017 according to Musiga.—And getting him on to perform on your show will cost you a lot of bucks.
The 2015 BET award winner, Stonebwoy continues to stay relevant in the Ghana music industry.Stonebwoy organized his own show in 2017 and also performed at every top show.
The international star and Zylofon media artiste’s popularity has increased both at home and abroad and he charges 120,000 cedis and that is taken home for a show.
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Stonebwoy tours with international acts and performing in international gigs, he charges not less than $40,000 for an international show Ghpage.com gathered.
2. Sarkodie — ¢150,000
Ghanaian most decorated rapper and CEO of Sarkcess Music, Sarkodie is a major player in the Ghanaian music industry.
After collaborating with American hip-pop star Acehood and several African top artistes has made the BET award winner one of the highest paid musicians across the globe.
In Ghana, you won’t pay less than 150,000 Cedis to get the artist born Michael Owusu Addo on your show.He even costs up to $45,000 for shows outside of Ghana.
1. Shatta Wale
Shatta Wale has been consistent and his demand soared when he resurged with his “Dancehall King” song.He also charges as much as ¢150,000 for a show.
He is very dominant in the local scene as compared to the international standards but will bill you not less than $35,000 for an international show.
As of my knowledge cutoff date of 2021-09, the highest-paid musician in Ghana was Sarkodie. He is a rapper and has been active in the music industry since 2007. Sarkodie has won several awards both locally and internationally, and he is known for his unique style and lyrical prowess. He has endorsement deals with several companies, including Samsung and Fan Milk Ghana, and his music is played across the continent. However, it’s worth noting that the music industry is constantly evolving, and this information may have changed since my knowledge cutoff date.