- Ivorian star DJ Arafat has been given a befitting burial in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
- The popular singer died in a motorcycle accident earlier in August 2019
- Thousands of fans assembled in Abidjan to pay tribute to the famous musician
Hundreds and thousands of fans assembled in Ivory Coast capital Abidjan to pay tribute to popular musician DJ Arafat who died in a motorcycle accident earlier in August 2019.
Born Ange Didier Huon, the remains of the 33-year-old Ivorian was brought in a coffin while hundreds of Ivorian artists took part in a stadium concert, with President Alassane Ouattara among the mourners.
DJ Arafat was later carried away to a local cemetery for burial.
An online petition had called on the government to allow the use of of Félix Houphouët Boigny stadium, which seats 35,000 people to enable the concert to come off at the stadium.
The Ivorian government also $250,000 towards the event and said it would pay for Huon’s funeral ceremony.
DJ Arafat became one of the most popular African musicians in the Francophone world and had been referred to as the “king” of coupé-décalé (cut and run), an Ivorian form of dance music.
The musical genre was birth in the early 2000s during Ivory Coast’s civil war and stressed that young people still wanted to have fun despite the conflict.
The singer was also popular for his love of motorcycles and featured them in his most recent hit, Moto Moto, released in May 2019, which has had more than five million YouTube views.
He released 11 albums over his 15-year career, and was named best artist of the year at the Coupé-Decalé Awards in 2016 and 2017.
He has also been posthumously nominated for two All Africa Music Awards.
Off stage, DJ Arafat was known for controversy, having faced accusations of domestic abuse.
The music star also regularly jabbed other artists on social media to show that he was number one on the Ivorian music scene
DJ Arafat revealed that clashing with other artistes helped him ‘‘invent new sounds.’’
‘‘I needed competition to find inspiration. When the music scene is sleeping, you have to wake it up,” Huon told Jeune Afrique magazine in 2018.
Meanwhile, some 250 African-Americans gathered at the Cape Coast Castle, Ghana, to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship of enslaved Africans to English North America in 1619.
While this was ongoing, tens and thousands of African-Americans had assembled at the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton, Virginia, to also mark the same activity. Here at the Cape Coast Castle, one of nearly 40 slave castles built in the Gold Coast, now Ghana, more than 70 families discovered their family tree during the African Ancestry DNA disclosure which is possibly the largest ever in the continent.
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