Famed Ivorian singer, DJ Arafat, died Monday following a traffic accident that occurred in the night before, state broadcaster Public Radio-Television (RTI) has reported.
The 33-year-old was credited as being the originator of the coupé-décalé genre of music. Grieving fans gathered outside Abidjan hospital in tribute to musician who was took the coupe-decale music to the world
“The death of artist DJ Arafat, his real name Houon Ange Didier, Monday, August 12 at 8 am (local and GMT), as a result of a traffic accident that occurred in the night of Sunday to Monday in Abidjan,“RTI said in tweet.
According to information and photos circulating on social networks, DJ Arafat was riding a motorcycle when he rammed into a car.
The Ivorian Minister of Culture, Maurice Kouakou Bandaman, “expresses his condolences to the family and music lovers”, and arrangements will be made for “a tribute to the artist,” according to a statement released by the RTI.
C’est avec une grande tristesse que j’ai appris le décès de Houon Ange Didier « DJ Arafat », icône de la jeunesse et ambassadeur de la musique et de la culture ivoirienne. Je présente mes sincères condoléances à sa famille et à tous ses fans. pic.twitter.com/j04YNcwzMf
— Alassane Ouattara (@AOuattara_PRCI) August 12, 2019
??? RIP YOROBO I LOVE YOU! ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/4rXY07RK1L
— Davido (@iam_Davido) August 12, 2019
— J Martins (@Realjmartins) August 12, 2019
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.
— Puff Mammy. (@PaolaAudrey) August 12, 2019
R.I.P DJ ARAFAT ????❤️
— LE GRAND CRIMI (@KalashCriminel) August 12, 2019
Tragic!! Rest well DJ Arafat! pic.twitter.com/ixLEJ2k1q8
— #POWERPILLSERIES ? (@RevErskineGH) August 12, 2019