The prince of Congolese rumba, Fally Ipupa, would be the highest paid African artist. Until 2020, the « Eagle » held the record for musical productions, with almost 50 concerts played per year.
The prince of Congolese rumba Fally Ipupa, whose real name is Faustin Nsimba, would be the best paid African musician, according to a survey conducted by the newspaper l’Avenir. The daily newspaper, which provides general information in Congo Kinshasa, has revealed the great wealth of the « Eagle ». If at the beginning of his career he was already demanding 20,000 dollars per production, his fee quickly soared.
In terms of fees, when he made his debut in 2006 with the album « Droit chemin », Fally Ipupa was already demanding 20,000 dollars per production. His fee later rose to $25,000 and then to around $50,000. « The secret is work, being focused on your music, your work, not calculating others. Because when you calculate others you become bitter, » he said in a recent interview.
« I work a lot, I’m focused on my job, on my albums. I go to bed after everyone else, I get up before everyone else. This is true for everyone, not only for musical artists. You have to have determination, be less bitter, not jealous, calculate your business and work hard, » added Fally Ipupa.
Note that Fally Ipupa will represent the Democratic Republic of Congo at the 1st edition of « YAM Carnival », which will be organized in the British capital, from 28 to 29 August 2021. He is the only Congolese invited to this music festival in London. He is one of a handful of African artists selected to participate in this event dedicated to African culture as a tribute.