Ivory Coast’s DJ Arafat, a well-known singer in French-speaking Africa, has died following a traffic accident, state broadcaster RTI is reporting.

He was admitted to a medical hospital at Abidjan, with a fractured skull after his motorcycle collided with a car on Sunday, Jeune Afrique says.

The 33 years old died early on Monday.

He has been known as the “king” of coupé-décalé dance song and one in all his biggest hit songs, Dosabado, has over five million views on YouTube.

He was also known for his love of motorcycles and featured them in his maximum current hit, Moto Moto, that was released in May , which has greater than 4 million YouTube views.

Ivory Coast tradition Minister Maurice Kouakou Bandaman has expressed his condolences in a statement and said a tribute will be organised to honour the musician.

Fellow artists have been sharing their condolences, including Nigerian popstar Davido and fellow Ivorian rapper Kaaris.

In 2016 and 2017 DJ Arafat become named artist of the year on the Coupé-decalé Awards
DJ Arafat, whose actual call was Ange Didier Huon, become named fine artist of the year at the Coupé-decalé Awards in 2016 and 2017.

Coupé-decalé (which means “cut and run”) was born in the early 2000s all through Ivory Coast’s civil struggle and emphasised that younger people nevertheless wanted to have amusing in spite of the conflict, reports the BBC’s Hatouma Diarra from Abidjan.

DJ Arafat came to symbolise the flashy nicely-dressed lifestyle related to the tune, which features speedy percussion, deep bass and hip-hop-fashion vocals.

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