Jah Prayzah Tops List of Zimbabwe’s 20 Highest Earning Musicians [Full List]

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By Kinyua Mwangi

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Jah Prayzah is Zimbabwe’s top earning artiste going by a recent report released by the Zimbabwe Music Rights Association (ZIMURA).

ZIMURA comprises of music composers and publishers with a constitutional mandate to collect royalties from radio and TV stations and disburse the money one a year.

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In June, every artiste from the total 3,300 accredited by Zimura gets a check for royalties courtesy of ZIMURA.

Jah Prayzah was the highest earner over the last one year, followed by the late Oliver Mtukudzi. Winky D and Ex Q came in third and fourth, followed by other big names that include; Freeman, Killer T, Takura, Simon Chimbetu, Macheso Alick the late Soul Jah Love, Nutty O and Tocky Vibes.

Zimura collects $23 million in form of royalties from Star FM, ZiFM and ZBC. The association also collects royalties and disburses it to Zimbabwean artistes abroad.

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Although the association did not disclose how much these artistes earn, the highest amount an artist gets is estimated to be $400,000 while the lowest earing gets $12.

Here is the full list of the top 20 best earning musicians in Zimbabwe.

  1. Mukombe Mukudzei aka Jah Prayzah
  2. Mtukudzi Oliver
  3. Chirumiko Wallace aka Winky D
  4. Munhenga Enock aka Ex Q
  5. Chizanga Emegy aka Freeman
  6. Kusikwenyu Kelvin aka Killer T
  7. Shonai Takura Bernard aka Takura
  8. Chimbetu Simon
  9. Tazvivinga Dembo aka Leonard Dembo
  10. Macheso Alick
  11. Musaka Soul Muzavazi aka Soul Jah Love
  12. Tshuma Lovemore aka Lovemore Majaivana
  13. Chiwadzwa Carrington S aka Nutty O
  14. Makamure Obey aka Tocky Vibes
  15. Skhuza Solomon
  16. Majahawodwa Ndlovu aka Jeys Marabini
  17. Kawara Alexio
  18. Zacharia Nicholas
  19. Sizwangendaba Ncube
  20. Mupembe Andrew

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