DJ Arafat: Fans of Ivorian artist 'open coffin' during funeral unrest

DJ Arafat: Followers of Ivorian artist ‘open coffin’ throughout funeral unrest

Pallbearers carry the coffin of late Ivorian singer DJ Arafat leaves the Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium in AbidjanPicture copyright

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Chaotic scenes broke out after hundreds gathered at a stadium funeral live performance (pictured)

Some followers of late musician DJ Arafat seem to have opened his coffin throughout unrest on the artist’s funeral within the Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan.

The 33-year-old DJ, whose actual identify was Ange Didier Huon, died in a motorbike accident earlier this month.

Video on social media seem to point out followers opening his coffin and undressing the late musician physique to verify for tattoos and determine him.

The chaotic scenes got here hours after hundreds gathered to pay tribute.

A big stadium live performance was held in a single day in his honour earlier than the musician was laid to relaxation on Saturday.

Police resorted to utilizing tear fuel to attempt disperse those that had gathered at a non-public household ceremony being held domestically.

“We wished to see the physique of our idol earlier than the tomb was sealed,” one unnamed fan advised AFP information company.

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Policemen stood guard on the entrance of the Williamsville cemetery in the course of the funeral

DJ Arafat was some of the fashionable African musicians within the Francophone world, and had been known as the “king” of coupé-décalé (minimize and run), an Ivorian type of dance music.

He got here to symbolise the flashy, well-dressed life-style related to the music, which options quick percussion, deep bass and hip hop-style vocals.

Off stage, DJ Arafat was identified for controversy, having confronted accusations of home abuse.

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DJ Arafat was named artist of the 12 months on the Coupé-Decalé Awards in 2016 and 2017

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