Ivory Coast music star DJ Arafat dies in road crash

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DJ Arafat, a singer from Ivory Coast with a huge following in francophone Africa, has died after a road accident in Abidjan.

“Death of artist DJ Arafat … today at 8am as a result of a road accident overnight,”

According to messages and pictures circulating on social media, 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.

“We are all in shock,” Ickx Fontaine, an Ivorian producer and specialist in hip-hop told the AFP news agency.

“He was a real singer and a drummer … he gave a new breath of life to coupe-decale.”

Later on Monday, around 1,000 fans gathered in front of the hospital in Abidjan’s Cocody suburb where the singer died, weeping and chanting, “Arafat cannot die”.

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