Popular Ivorian musician, Ange Didier Huon better known as DJ Arafat has died. According to reports, the artiste died following a road accident.
DJ Arafat suffered a fractured skull after his power bike collided with a car and was subsequently admitted to hospital in the main city, Abidjan but he did not survive.
“He was admitted to the emergency room in a vegetative state. He had a skull fracture and oedema,” a doctor from the institution said. The medical teams tried to revive him, “in vain”.
Ivory Coast Culture Minister Maurice Kouakou Bandaman has expressed his condolences in a statement and said a tribute would be organised to honour the musician.
DJ Arafat is regarded as the king of Coupé-Décalé; a type of popular dance music originating from Côte d’Ivoire and the Ivorian diaspora in Paris, France. The genre is a very percussive style featuring African samples, deep bass, and repetitive minimalist arrangements.
DJ Arafat was named the best artist of the year at the Coupé-Decalé Awards in 2016 and 2017. One of his biggest hit songs, Dosabado, has over five million views on YouTube. He was 33 years old.