The Ivory Coast music star was rushed to hospital after a motorbike crash in Abidjan on Sunday, with reports stating he died earlier today.
Ivorian Culture Minister Maurice Kouakou Bandaman was among the first to offer a tribute, vowing to pay homage to the Moto Moto star’s life and career.
While fans of the late musician – real name Ange Didier Huon – flocked tosocial media to pay their own tributes.
‘Wow. This is really a sad loss. Music was life for this guy. RIP DJ Arafat,’ one tweeted. ‘It’s so sad. RIP DJ Arafat,’ another commented. ‘Condolences on the passing of Cote d’Ivoire singer and DJ Arafat in a road accident. May his soul rest in peace,’ a follower said. While a fourth added: ‘When we’re young, we don’t die. We just miss out on life. R.I.P DJ Arafat.’ DJ Arafat had a huge career in music, releasing his debut album, Femmes, way back in 2000.
Following the success, he shared a further 10 albums, with fans enjoying his ‘Coupe-Decale’ (aka cut and run) style. He was later named Artist Of The Year at the Coupe-Decale Awards in 2016 and 2017, and has been described as the ‘King’ of the genre.
The late star’s latest release, Moto Moto, was arguably one of his biggest, amassing more than one million hits on YouTube in less than a day, and has racked up well over 4million at the time of writing.
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