Ayke Ezeani
by on August 13, 2019
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DJ Arafat, an Ivory Coast singer with a lot of follow-up in French-speaking Africa, died after a road accident in Abidjan, the state broadcaster RTI confirms.

Critically wounded 33-year-old singer who was riding a motorcycle and crashed into a vehicle was taken to a hospital in Abidjan, where he later died.

"We're all in shock," says AFP news agency Ickx Fontaine, an Ivorian producer and hip-hop expert. "He was a true singer and drummer ... he gave the coupe-decale a fresh breath of life."

The artist, whose true name is Ange Didier Huon, was born in Abidjan in 1986 and had a huge audience in Western and Central African French-speaking nations.

He has released 11 albums, mostly of "coupe-decale"-a type of dance music that combines fast percussion, choppy rhythms with vocals in the hip hop style.

The fame of DJ Arafat extended to Europe and the United States, thanks in part to sport stars that popularized some of the dance moves of the genre. At the 2016 and 2017 Ivorian "Coupe-decale" Awards, Arafat was awarded "Best Artist of the Year."

He was born in the universe of music. His mom was a well-known singer and, according to a music manager, his dad was a prominent sound engineer. He began as a DJ in Yopougon, one of the nightlife districts of Abidjan.

"He had a natural charisma," Ozone, a producer of hip hops and TV host, said. "He's going to stay an Ivorian and African music force."

Africa lost a wonderful prodigy of music

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