Ugandan musician, Eddy Kenzo has taken to social media to mourn one of Africa’s most prominent musicians, DJ Arafat.
“This is disturbing and sad when I heard this terrifying news. Arafat will always be remembered. Thank you for the Good music Bad boy RIP.
I send my condolences to the family, friends and the people of Ivory coast for the loss of a brother DJ Arafat,” Kenzo writes on social media.
DJ Arafat, a singer from Ivory Coast with a huge following in francophone Africa died after a road accident in Abidjan, the state broadcaster RTI has said.
“Death of artist DJ Arafat … today at 8am as a result of a road accident overnight,” the broadcaster tweeted Monday.
He had been driving a motorbike and smashed into a car.
Critically injured, the singer, 33, was taken to an Abidjan hospital, where he later died.
Born in Abidjan in 1986, DJ Arafat, whose real name is Ange Didier Huon, had a massive audience in French-speaking western and central African countries.
He issued 11 albums, mainly of “coupe-decale” – a dance music form combining rapid percussion, choppy rhythms with hip hop-style vocals.
DJ Arafat’s fame expanded to Europe and the United States, thanks in part to sports stars who made some of the genre’s dance steps popular.
He was named “Best Artist of the Year” at the Ivorian “Coupe-decale” Awards in 2016 and 2017.
He was born in the music world. His mother was a well-known singer and his father a prominent sound engineer, according to a music manager.
He started as a DJ in Yopougon, one of Abidjan’s night-life districts.
He had several collabos with artists across Africa among which included Nigeria’s Davido, J Martins, and our Eddy Kenzo.
Several celebrities across the continent including Asamoah Gyan, Davido, Emmanuel Adebayor among others.