Monday, 12 August 2019

DJ Arafat dies in motorbike accident, Davido, Emma Nyra, J Martins pay tribute to the Ivorian singer

Ivory Coast's singer, DJ Arafat has died following road accident in Abidjan.

He was admitted to hospital with a fractured skull after his motorcycle collided with a car on Sunday, reports says.

The 33-year-old popular singer in the French-speaking Africa country died early on Monday.

He has been referred to as the king of the dance music genre coupé-décalé and one of his biggest hit songs, Dosabado, has over five million views on YouTube.

The singer was also known for his love of motorcycles and featured them in his one of most recent hits, Moto Moto, that was released in May.

Ivory Coast Culture Minister Maurice Kouakou Bandaman has expressed his condolences in a statement and said a tribute would be organised to honour the musician.

DJ Arafat, whose real name was Ange Didier Huon, was named best artist of the year at the Coupé-Decalé Awards in 2016 and 2017.

Davido, Emma Nyra, J Martins and other Nigeria artists have been paying tribute to the Cote D’Ivore singer.

Davido posted an old picture of himself and Arafat with the caption, “RIP Yorobo. I love you”.

Emma wrote: "R.I.P DJ Arafat 💔 My condolences to your family at this time and always~ Votre héritage continuera à vivre à travers votre musique"

J Martins wrote: "A very sad news this afternoon The King of is dead RIP my brother my friend DJ ARAFAT this is a very big loss for all of in Africa #ripdjarafat"

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