When i wrote an article comparing Wizkid Vs Davido: Who is richest Nigerian musician, a lot of buzz was created around it, and this generated over 350 comments with everybody giving their opinion on my verdict, though accepted by many, while some out of love for their best Nigerian rappers gave their opinions on the ranking based on emotions, feelings and sentiments, but the truth is, everyone is entitled to their opinion and it must be respected. This is another fact which talks about the rankings of the top 10 music producers in Nigeria and their net worth not forgetting the amount they charge per production.
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Nigeria is currently Africa’s largest music exporter thanks to the Nigerian music industry, it would be worthy to note that the music sector is also Nigeria’s biggest exporting sector. This is largely due to the enormous talents springing up from this sector and a major credit should be given to Top music producers Nigeria. They have placed Nigerian music on the world map of international music.
Now we have international acts like British act Tinie Tempa, American Chris Brown, JayZ, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale and many more collaborating with Nigerian musicians, some go as far as signing Nigerian musicians like the Sony record and distribution deal with Davido, Tiwa and Roc Nation, American entertainment company founded by rapper Jay Z in 2008, and a few others.
Straight to the point, as we bring you the top 10 music producers in Nigeria and their net worth plus production fee. Enjoy the ride!
Top 10 Music Producers In Nigeria: Their Production Fee and Net Worth
Masterkraft, the name that almost always pops up when you ask the person next to you who produced that song that gets everyone dancing. From dancehall to highlife to afrobeat, Sunday Ginikachukwu Nweke, artistically known as Masterkraft has carved a niche for himself in the Nigerian entertainment industry. He is known for producing hit songs like Chinny baby by Flavour, Fine lady by Lynxxx and Timaya’sUkwu just to mention a few. In 2015, he released his club-hit single “Indomie” featuring Olamide, Davido and CDQ olowo. He charges a minimum of N500,000 to produce a single track..
“MASTERKRAFT” started his career journey at age 11. Since then his repertoire includes some of Africa’s leading musicians and celebrities such as Banky W, Jaywon, Sammie Okposo, Stella Damascus, Bracket, Capital F.E.M.I, J. Martins, Sound Sultan, The Pulse and Busta Rhymes to name just a few. His acquaintances with such prominent names has earned him diverse experience in producing almost all genre’s of music, ranging from gospel to soul, jazz, RnB etc. MASTERKRAFT is indeed a force to reckon within this industry with his diversity and contemporary efficiency. As a professional and experienced music/band director and piano instructor, he has been a major contributing factor in the LIVE performance move taking over the industry
|REAL NAME||Sunday Ginikachukwu Nweke|
|DATE OF BIRTH||N/A|
|GENRE OF MUSIC||Gospe, Soul, Jazz, RnB|
|NET WORTH||$1.5million Dollars|
|COST OF PRODUCING PER SONG||500,000 and above|
For the longest of time, most people have associated the name Don jazzy with D’banj, the dynmic duo that caved way for some kind of revolutionized era in the Nigerian music industry. Don baba J as he is fondly called has been around for the longest time, producing almost all the tracks on Dbanj’s “Entertainer” album. Also, there has been an ongoing rivary silently going on between Don Jazzy and E-Money: Who is the Richest record label boss? what’s your verdict, but as for beat production, none does it better than Don Baba J.Many would have thought that he would fade away with time as is associated with most “hit” producers but instead Don Jazzy comes back bigger and better with each track he producers. Don Jazzy charges nothing less than 1,000,000 Naira per production. We call him the Hit Maker owing to his long success in making multiple hit songs.
He is number one on the list of top 10 music producers in Nigeria.
|REAL NAME||Michael Collins Ajereh|
|STAGE NAME||Don Jazzy|
|DATE OF BIRTH||November 26, 1982|
|GENRE OF MUSIC||Afro Highlife|
|NET WORTH||$35 Million|
|COST OF PRODUCING PER SONG||1,000,000 Naira and above|
This 21year old Akwa Ibom music genius has come to stay for good. He’s young, his name is John, and of course his beats are wicked. We love him already! He produced Lil Kesh’s hit song like Efejoku as well as the hit song “Story for the gods” off Olamide’s street O.T album.
I call him prolific because of his back-to-back beat making hit productions! He styles himself by proudly flaunting his name (Young John The Wicked Producer) at the beginning and end of his productions, which serves as a signature in every music he produces, Young John deeply understands the business of mixing sounds and coming out with electrifying beats that can force an R&B lover change his or her genre of music to afro hip pop
Many music pundits have argued that Olamide and YBNL as a group’s success is significantly tied to Young John’s production. Going back to how Olamide Baddo and Young John got started at Hit Factory (A music production company Young John was tied to), up to the hit songs Olamide and YBNL as a whole, when I say YBNL, am talking about Olamide, Lil Kesh, Adekunle Gold and the behind the stage guys, the group has been growing at an alarming rate until the demise of Lil Kesh and Adekunle Gold from the group to kick off their own record labels, Y.A.G,I(Young And Getting It) records and Gold records respectively. Young John as the name sounds might seem young age wise, but talent wise, he is way above his peers. Young John is without doubt, one of the top music producers in Nigeria. His production fee says it all.
See a complete profile of Young John’s biography, Net worth, and amount he charges per production.
|REAL NAME||Udomboso John Saviours|
|STAGE NAME||Young John The Wicked Producer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 16, 1995|
|NET WORTH||Net Worth|
|COST OF PRODUCING PER SONG||Amount Per Production|
When we hear the name shizzy, we go into frenzy at the speed he uses in making beats. Shizzi is the household in the music scene. Sheyi Akerele, better known as Shizzi, is a Nigerian record producer and songwriter. He is affiliated with HKN Music and TeamTalkLess. He is the official beat maker for HKN Gang, but definitely would not shut the door at any artiste, just make sure you as an artiste is well loaded because any beat by this prodigy is definitely a hit. Being one of the top 10 music producers in Nigeria, Shizzi has worked with many notable artistes like Wizkid (Love my baby) Davido (Damiduro),BRed,Flavor, Lil Kesh (Shoki remix), Reminisce (Daddi Mi), Skuki (Gbemileke), Seyi Shodimu (Pele Pele), Mc Galaxy (Nek-Unek), Olamide Baddo, Runtown and many more. Be ready to part with 600,000 Naira or more for a single production. Be rest assured because the money is worth it.
|REAL NAME||Sheyi Akerele|
|DATE OF BIRTH||N/a|
|OCCUPATION||Afro pop, jazz, RnB|
|NET WORTH||$1.8 Million|
|COST OF PRODUCTION PER SONG||600,000 Naira and above|
One cannot talk about top 10 music producers in Nigeria without naming this genius. He goes by name Osabuohien Osaretin, better known by his stage name Sarz, is a Nigerian record producer and musician. Hails from the south south side of Nigeria, Benin City, Edo State. It is only customary for every Nigerian producer whether arrived as people would term it or upcoming and Sarz is definitely not gonna be left out. Sarz’es signature on the beat is “Sarz On The Beat”, a statement that you hear at the beginning or end of his productions. Sarz has produced for Africa’s heavy weights like Wizkid, Banky W, Naeto C, Skales, Reminisce and Wande Coal, these credential only can attest to his indepth skills in the area of music production. To prove his passion for beat making and production, Sarz launched a music academy in Lagos directed at young aspiring beat makers.
Since its launch in June 2015, The Sarz Academy (TSA) has opened its doors to 15 hopeful students; aiming to equip them with the necessary skills to hone in their talent and successfully build a career in music production. Sarz graces our list of top 10 music producers in Nigeria.
|REAL NAME||Osabuohien Osaretin|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 17, 1989|
|OCCUPATION||Producer and Singer|
|COST OF PRODUCING PER SONG||350,000 per son|
6. Legendary Beats
You cannot talk about the top 10 music producers in Nigeria without mentioning Legendary beat brothers (Uzezi and Okiemute). Legendary beat is a household name in the Nigerian music industry. The Delta state born music producer and song writer, Uzezi Oniko, born 17 February 1986)Legendary beatz duo ( composed of brothers Uzezi Oniko and Okiemute Oniko) are a blessing to the contemporary afro-beat music genre. The two siblings hit limelight in the music industry after producing the critically acclaimed “Azonto” song for multi award winning artist, Wizkid. The duo have produced many songs with vocal contribution from artists such as American rapper Wale, British rapper Tinie Tempah, 2Face Innocent Idibia, IcePrince, Efya, Banky W, Seyi Shay and Chidinma, amongst others. They can make beats in less than 45mins as it spins naturally from within. They are geniuses and their combined efforts in music production leaves jaws dropped on chests! Kudos to them!
|REAL NAMES||Uzezi Oniko|
|STAGE NAME||Legendary Beats|
|DATE OF BIRTH||17 February 1986|
|COST OF PRODUCING PER SONG||500,000k per song|
Another unique music producer, Udoka Chigozie Oku as known as Selebobo. was born into a Christian, musical & artistic family in the early nineties. He is the seventh of twelve children and he hails from Anambra State, Nigeria. Selebobo is multitalented. Household producer for TrippleM G, Selebobo and the success behind hit songs Ada Ada by Flavour, Johnny by Yemi Alade, Mr Oreo by Iyanya and others not on the list.
This guy is good! his works speak for him little wonder why he ranks among the top 10 music producers in Nigeria.
|REAL NAME||Udoka Chigozie Oku|
|DATE OF BIRTH||N/a|
|OCCUPATION||Producer and Singer|
|COST OF PRODUCING PER SONG||400,000|
Benjamin Obaze popularly known as Spellz, Signed to 323 management company and in 2009 he recorded and engineered the hugely successful dance-hall anthem ‘Champion’ by General Phype, and that was just the beginning. In the year 2011, he produced the 2012 anthem ‘Gaga Crazy’ by Chuddy K and also worked with 9ICE on ‘Mu Number’ and ‘On Point ft WizKid’ of his album BASHORUN GAA and VERSUS. He produced a couple of songs on the EME Mixtape namely ‘ROLL IT’, ‘LONDON GIRL’, ‘CHANGE’, ‘DONT DELAY’, ‘FOLLOW GO HOUSE’, ‘FIND MY TROUBLE’ just to name a few, and also worked with BankyW on his ‘RnBW’ album by producing ‘Find you’, ‘Good Good Loving’, ‘My way’ and ‘Good Good Loving rmx Ft Tuface”, where he was able to show his major strengths which are his ablity to adapt and be versatile in production. Some of his other notable works are; ‘My Dear’ by Dammy Krane, Currently signed to 323 Entertainment under the able guidance of TJ ‘TeeBillz’ Balogun, Spellz Aka “Magik Boi” is bound to claim his spot in the music industry. Nigerian music producer, Benjamin Obaze aka Spellz is currently married to pretty wife Hadiza, the wedding ceremony took place on the 28 of February, 2016 at the prestigious Oriental Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos. He sits comfortably on the list of Nigeria’s top 10 music producers in Nigeria.
|REAL NAME||Benjamin Obaze|
|DATE OF BIRTH||N/a|
|COST OF PRODUCING PER SONG||300,000 Naira and above|
9. Del B
Del B (Ayodele Basel) started getting recognition after producing “Shake” for Flavour in 2012 N’abania and “Limpopo” for Kcee in 2013. We don’t really have much to say about this dude but for the steady hits that keeps coming from his Kitchen. He also worked on “For your Matter” and produced “Sisi” by Praiz featuring Wizkid, one of the massive songs last year among many others. Del B respectfully graces our list of Nigeria’s top 10 music producers.
|REAL NAME||(Ayodele Basel|
|STAGE NAME||Del B|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||KANO|
|PROFESSION||Singer, Songwriter, Record producer, Sound engineer|
|COST OF PRODUCING PER SONG||600,000k and above|
10. Cobhams Asuquo
Cobs as some of his colleagues call him is definitely on the list of top 10 music producers in Nigeria, Many have companred his uniqueness to that of the American legendary Steve Wonder, judging from how they play the piano and keyboards despite being visually impaired. Cobhams Asuquo is just a genius in the game.
Cobhams Asuquo is a visually impaired Nigerian musician, producer, and songwriter. After working as Head of Audio Productions at a local label, The prolific music producer floated his private music production company today known as Cobhams Asuquo Music Productions,he is the CEO and H.O.P(Head of Productions)
He is the man behind the success of many notable Nigerian musicians, Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo is responsible for Asa’s popular songs “Fire on the Mountain” and “Jailer” and he produced the internationally acclaimed album Asa and has produced for top acts like Banky W, Omawumi, Waje, Timi Dakolo, Dare Art-Alade, Rooftop MCs, Faze, Mode 9, Ego, Dekunle Fuji etc.
|REAL NAME||Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo,|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 6, 1981|
|PROFESSION||Music producer and singer|
|NET WORTH||$2 Million|
|COST OF PRODUCING PER SONG||600,000 per song|
Here we have it! True or false?