DJ Arafat, a musician whose tunes transcends beyond Francophone Africa, has died in a road accident in his country, Cote d’ Ivoire on Monday at the age of 33.
The musician’s death was announced by the country’s broadcaster, RTI.
“Death of artist DJ Arafat… today at 8 am as a result of a road accident overnight,” the broadcaster tweeted.
DJ Arafat — real name Ange Didier Huon — had, according to stories on social media, sustained serious injuries after the motorbike he rode on Sunday smashed into a car.
He was rushed to hospital in the Abidjan, the country’s economic capital, where he eventually died.
Born in 1986, DJ Arafat had huge followership in West and Central Francophone African-speaking countries.
He also collaborated with a number of Nigerian artists, including Davido, J Martins, Iyanya, Yemi Alade and Oritsefemi.
He released 11 albums, mainly of “coupe-decale” — a dance music form combining choppy rhythms with hip-hop-style vocals.