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Prominent Ivorian DJ and singer DJ Arafat has died


According the state broadcaster, DJ Arafat, a prominent Ivorian DJ and singer, died after a road accident in Abidjan.

DJ Arafat, real name Ange Didier Houon, had been driving a motorbike and smashed into a car. 

The 33-year-old-singer was critically injured and taken to a hospital in Abidjan, where he later died. 

About 1000 fans later gathered outside the hospital and chanted “Arafat cannot die”.

A video of DJ Arafat doing tricks on his motorbike moments before the accident has been circulating on social media.

Later another video surfaced of the accident. The video shows a motorbike traveling on high speed smashing into the back of a car.

DJ Arafat released 11 dance albums, mostly of coupe-decale, a dance music genre famous in Côte d’Ivoire, Paris and France. 

Many people remembered the award-winning singer.

Ozone, a hip-hop producer and television host said: “He had a natural charisma. He will remain a force for Ivorian and African music.”

Ickx Fontaine, an Ovarian producer and hip-hop critic said:  “He was a real singer and a drummer… he gave a new breath of life to coupe-decale.”

Puff Mammy, a host and producer at TV5 Monde Afrique, tweeted: @PaolaAudrey: “Where do you start on DJ Arafat’s impact on Ivorian music and African pop culture? From the sound, to the dance steps, to the use of social media, to how he deeply connected with the masses… But first of all, is he really dead? I’m in denial. I mean.”


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