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Ivory Coast-born DJ Arafat has passed away at age 33. The music producer and singer died out of complications from a recent road accident right after he was transferred to an Abidjan hospital. Born Ange Didier Huon, he was one of the most prominent artists in Africa. He released 11 albums throughout his career.  The DJ was riding his motorcycle in Abidjan when he collided with a car last Sunday, August 11, 2019. Experiencing severe injuries, Huon eventually gave in to his wounds and passed away Monday morning, August 12, 2019. “He was involved in an accident in the Angre neighborhood and later died in hospital. He died at 8:10 am this morning,” confirmed his spokesman Yves Roland Jay Jay. For now, countless fans are mourning the loss of one of Africa’s biggest superstars. A variety of influential figures have started sending their condolences and paying tribute to the now-legendary artist. Even politicians are sharing in the grief of the moment. 

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara recently went on social media to offer his condolences to DJ Arafat’s loved ones. “It is with great sadness that I learned of the premature passing of Huon Ange Didier “DJ Arafat” Youth Icon and ambassador for Ivorian music and culture. I extend my sincere condolences to his mother, his children, his biological and artistic families as well as to all his fans. My prayers are with them during this painful ordeal,” he wrote on his official Facebook page. Ivorian Culture Minister Maurice Kouakou Bandaman also offered his condolences and announced that his council is planning to organize a tribute to the late singer. As one of the most successful artists to come from the Francophone countries, DJ Arafat was also one of the most decorated. During the 2015 MAMAs, Huon won the Best Francophone Award. At the 2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards, he won both Best West African Video (for “Maplôrly”) and Best African Performance (for “Concert a Korhogo”) awards. Arafat was also one of few African artists to achieve garnering over one million views on his music video on YouTube. Evidently, his contributions to modern African music, especially with Coupé-Décalé genre, never went unnoticed. 

Following his death, Huon’s fellow artists are also paying tribute to him on social media. His collaborators and colleagues in the industry, especially in the African music scene, are all expressing their grief over the news of his passing. Nigerian singer Davido, born David Adeleke, was one of the most affected by Arafat’s death. “Pls tell me it’s not true!!! Not my brother !!!! God why!!!!!” he first tweeted upon hearing the news. He then sent out another tweet with a picture of them both with the caption, “😢😢😢 RIP YOROBO I LOVE YOU! ❤️❤️”. Both artists collaborated on the late singer’s single, “Naughty”. 

Condolences to DJ Arafat’s family and friends. 

Image Credits:

  1. DJ Arafat Featured Image – Head Topics.com
  2. Singer DJ Arafat – 9News.co
  3. Music Video DJ Arafat – Pure People.com
  4. DJ Arafat in Pink – Pure People.com
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