It’s been a year, on August 12, 2019, the Ivorian singer DJ Arafat, star of the “coupé-shifted”, died in a motorcycle accident, at the age of 33, on a road in Abidjan. The announcement of his death had given rise to scenes of hysteria among his fans. It must be said that DJ Arafat was named best artist of the year at the Coupé-Décalé Awards in 2016 and 2017. He was also distinguished in 2012 as best African artist at the Kora Music Awards, pan-African musical awards.
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A tribute that the fans want to inscribe in the music legend
“We are all gathered because of Arafat, he is a gentleman to respect,” said Amandine, 28, strapped into a black tee-shirt bearing the image of the artist on which we can read “Arafat l ‘year 1’. And to add: “Bob Marley (died May 11, 1981) had his May 11; we in Côte d’Ivoire have our August 12th. “
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Coming from different districts of Abidjan, the “Chinese” converged on the place of the motorcycle accident, where a stele in his memory was built. “He was the artist of the people, hence his name of” President of People’s China “,” recalls Kévin Kra, who arrived there since dawn. For Aicha Traoré, a 22-year-old student, “Arafat DJ is not dead, he is alive, as evidenced by the thousands of people who have invaded the kilometer long street that now bears his name”, he said. she told an AFP journalist.
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Be that as it may, born in 2003 in Parisian nightclubs, creation of the Ivorian diaspora, the coupe-shifted continues to venerate his god. It was all the rage in Ivory Coast, then in West Africa, with its electronic sounds and its frenzied rhythm. Everything suggests that the adventure is far from over.
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