African Music Legend, DJ Arafat, Dies In a Bike Accident


The road crash that killed Arafat occurred on Sunday night but he died on Monday morning.

Popular Ivorian singer DJ Arafat, known for his hit, "Moto Moto" died on Monday after getting in a traffic accident, said state broadcaster Ivorian Public Radio-Television (RTI).

According to information and photos circulating on social networks, DJ Arafat was riding a motorcycle when he rammed into a auto. Critically injured, he was taken to an Abidjan hospital, where he later died.

The country's Culture Minister, Maurice Kouakou Bandaman, while paying tribute to the late musician, expressed sadness at the tragedy.

"We are all in shock", Ickx Fontaine, an Ivorian producer and specialist in hip hop told AFP.

AFP reporters at the Abidjan hospital where he died said that within hours of the reports being shared, around 1,000 fans had gathered outside, weeping and chanting "Arafat can not die".

During his lifetime, DJ Arafat was known for his dance-provoking sounds and energetic stage performances.

DJ Arafat was named "Best Artist of the Year" at the Ivorian "Coupe-decale" Awards in 2016 and 2017. "He will remain a force for Ivorian and African music".