Popular Ivorian musician, Houon Ange Didier, popularly known as DJ Arafat is dead.
The 33-year-old with a huge following in francophone Africa, has died after a road accident in Abidjan, the state broadcaster RTI said on Monday, August 12, 2019.
The bike accident occured Sunday night in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire. “Death of artist DJ Arafat… today at 8am as a result of a road accident overnight,” the state broadcaster tweeted.
Reports say, he had been driving a motorbike and smashed into a car. Critically injured and unconscious, he was taken to an Abidjan hospital, where he later died.
Born in Abidjan in 1986, DJ Arafat real name Ange Didier Huon — was avidly followed in French-speaking western and central African countries.
He issued 11 albums, mainly of “coupe-decale” — a dance music form combining choppy rhythms with hip-hop-style vocals.
Ivorian Culture Minister Maurice Kouakou Bandaman expressed his condolences and said a tribute would be organized to honour the musician.
fellow artists and fans are paying tribute to the fallen star on their social media handles.
DJ Arafat was a highly celebrated and accomplished Coupe Decale Artist.
He won the Best Francophone Award at the 2015 MAMAs and was nominated for Best African Act at the 2015 MTV EMA.
In May 2019, DJ Arafat’s “Moto” hit 1 million YouTube views in less than 24 hours.
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