Leading West African singer DJ Arafat dies in road crash

DJ Arafat during the Coupé Décalé Music Awards in Abidjan October 2017.                  AFP  Issouf Sanogo

Famed Ivorian singer, DJ Arafat, died Monday following a traffic accident that occurred in the night before, state broadcaster Public Radio-Television (RTI) has reported. The 33-year-old has a huge following in the Francophone region. "He was a real singer and a drummer. he gave a new breath of life to coupe-decale".

Social media has been thrown into a state of shock after news trickled in yesterday- August 12 that Ivorian biggest music export, DJ Arafat has kicked the bucket after he rammed his motorcycle into a auto in Abidjan, killing him instantly.

Award-winning Ivory Coast DJ Arafat following is dead.

According to information and photos circulating on social networks, DJ Arafat was riding a motorcycle when he rammed into a vehicle. "The medical teams tried to revive him in vain", a doctor from the hospital was quoted by Jeune Afrique on condition of anonymity.

He had referred to himself as the king of the dance music genre coupé-décalé.

Reacting to the news, several celebrities joined hundreds of internet users across the continent to mourn the departed artiste. "Not my brother! God why!" "RIP Yorobo I love you", Nigerian musician Davido wrote.

"Rest up" Nigerian singer and producer Runtown tweeted.

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