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DJ Arafat Is Being Given A Befitting Burial As Thousand Pay Him Tribute In Abidjan | Hundreds and thousands of fans assembled in Ivory Coast capital Abidjan to pay tribute to popular musician DJ Arafat who died in a motorcycle accident earlier in August 2019. The king of Coupe Decale was rushed to the nearest hospital as soon as the accident occurred. He suffered a skull fracture and died hours after he was admitted, the doctors reveal.
Born Ange Didier Huon, the remains of the 33-year-old Ivorian was brought in a coffin while hundreds of Ivorian artists took part in a stadium concert, with President Alassane Ouattara among the mourners. He was later carried away to a local cemetery for burial.
An online petition had called on the government to allow the use of Félix Houphouët Boigny stadium, which seats 35,000 people to enable the concert to come off at the stadium. The Ivorian government did not only permit them to use the stadium but also donated $250,000 towards the event and said it would pay for Huon’s funeral ceremony.
DJ Arafat became one of the most popular African musicians in the Francophone world and had been referred to as the “king” of coupé-décalé (cut and run), an Ivorian form of dance music.
The musical genre was birth in the early 2000s during Ivory Coast’s civil war and stressed that young people still wanted to have fun despite the conflict.
The singer was also popular for his love of motorcycles and featured them in his most recent hit, Moto Moto, released in May 2019, which has had more than five million YouTube views.
Thousands Paying Tribute to DJ Arafat In Abidjan
He released 11 albums over his 15-year career and was named the best artist of the year at the Coupé-Decalé Awards in 2016 and 2017. He has also been posthumously nominated for two All Africa Music Awards.
DJ Arafat was known to be a controversial figure, having faced many accusations of domestic abuse. His Ghanaian equivalence is Shatta Wale. The music star also regularly jabbed other artists on social media to show that he was number one on the Ivorian music scene just like how the Ghanaian artiste, Shatta Wale does most of the time.
When he was still alive, he revealed that clashing with other artistes helped him ‘‘invent new sounds.’’
‘‘I needed competition to find inspiration. When the music scene is sleeping, you have to wake it up,” Huon told Jeune Afrique magazine in 2018.
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