In rather unfortunate news, it has been reported that DJ Arafat, a popular and respected musician from Ivory Coast is dead.
Fans were sent into mourning when RTI, a state news service, reported the news.
The news organisation put out a short statement saying: “Death of artist DJ Arafat … today at 8am as a result of a road accident overnight,”
Later on Monday, about 1,000 fans gathered in front of the hospital in Abidjan’s Cocody suburb to mourn the singer.
DJ Arafat, whose real name is Ange Didier Huon, was wildly popular in the francophone speaking area of Africa and his death, at just 33 years of age, was a real blow to the music industry.
“We are all in shock, he was a real singer and a drummer … he gave a new breath of life to coupe-decale.” Ickx Fontaine, an Ivorian producer and specialist in hip-hop told the AFP news agency.
Many within the industry were distraught by the news of the singer’s passing with many paying tribute including Zyta who said in a tweet:” 😭😭DJ ARAFAT WAS KNOWN WORLDWIDE AND WAS LIKE A SON TO ME HE GREW UP WITH MY LATE SON DJ JONATHAN, WERE BEST FRIENDS HE EVEN WROTE A SONG IN HIS MEMORY CALLED JONATHAN WHICH WAS A HUGE HIT IN IVORY COAST ARAFAT DIES ON SUNDAY. MY HEART IS FILLED WITH GRIEF FOR LOSING ANOTHER SON”
Nigerian Artiste Davido also tweeted about the dad incident, putting up a tweet where he said: “Pls tell me it’s not true!!! Not my brother !!!! God why!!!!!”
Arafat started as a DJ in Yopougon, one of Abidjan’s night-life districts and was naturally charismatic which made him a beloved figure all around the country.
He was born to a singer mother and an engineer father.
It’s yet another sad death and we pray that his soul rests in peace.