Considering that estimating how much the highest music producer in South Africa makes is almost impossible, this list will, instead, name three of South Africa’s leading contemporary music producers.
South Africa is unlike countries such as the United States and other European countries which share an estimated net worth for entertainers like producers. An estimated net worth which can be derived from calculating the standard asking price of a producer and the work they did within that year. South Africa’s entertainment industry does not work that way, as the matter of earnings has always been kept private.
Therefore, in light of this, attempting to figure out who is the highest paid music producer locally would not be conducive. Therefore, this article will name three music producers currently actively working in music who, through their achievements and lifestyle choices, have indicated that they are currently financially secure.
While Black Coffee is dubbed as a producer-DJ, the SBCNSCLY hitmaker is arguably one of the wealthiest producers in the country. Currently, Black Coffee is travelling for his US/European summer tour. This he does as he flies privately to various places currently experiencing the summer at the sold-out concerts he’s headlining. After the conclusion of the US/European summer tour, he will return for his and Euphonik’s brainchild, Deep In The City, which enlists leading deep house DJs to play sets every Sunday for the duration of the local spring/summer time.
Anatii is one of the most reclusive producers and performing artists locally. Following the critical release of his last album, Iyeza, he disappeared completely from the public eye. His return was with the announcement that he worked on the Grammy Award-winning single, Brown Skin Girl, by Beyoncé, featuring WizKid. Moreover, Anatii is credited as the producer that influenced and helped produce some of the biggest hip-hop hits during the so-called golden age of hip-hop locally.
Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa might not have been the initiators of amapiano locally, however, the two can be credited for pioneering the sound to the mainstream appeal it has today. Their first two albums, Scorpion Kings and The Return of the Scorpion Kings are commercial successes. Moreover, between the two of them, they have worked with almost all of the current leading artists in amapiano, possibly with the exception of Kamo Mphela’s current released catalogue.