a year ago, on August 12, 2019, the singer ivorian DJ Arafat, star of the " coupé-décalé ", died in a motorcycle accident, at the age of 33, on a road in Abidjan. The announcement of his death gave rise to scenes of hysteria among his fans. It must be said that DJ Arafat had been nominated best artist of the year at the Awards of the coupé-shifted in 2016 and 2017. He had also been awarded in 2012 for best african artist at the Kora Music Awards, awards, music pan african.
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A tribute that the fans want to enroll in the music legend
" We are all gathered because of Arafat, a man to be respected ", said Amandine, 28, cinched in a black t-shirt bearing the image of the artist on which we can read " Arafat year 1 ". And to add : "Bob Marley (died 11 may 1981) was his 11th of may ; we, in the Ivory Coast, it was our 12 August. "
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from different districts of Abidjan, the "Chinese" have converged to the location of the motorcycle accident, where a stele to his memory was built. "It was the artist of the people, whence its name of "president of the people's republic of China", says Kevin Kra, happened since the dawn on the spot. For Aicha Traore, a student of 22 years, " Arafat DJ is not dead, he is alive, as evidenced by the thousands of people who have invaded the street, long a mile, which now bears his name ", she confided to a journalist of the AFP.
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anyway, born in 2003, in the nightclubs of paris, the creation of the diaspora ivorian coupé-décalé continues to venerate his god. It was all the rage in the Ivory Coast, and then in West Africa, with its electronic sounds and his furious rhythm. Everything suggests that the adventure is far from over.
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