Hundreds of followers have gathered in Ivory Coast’s capital Abidjan to pay tribute to musician DJ Arafat.
The 33 12 months previous Ivorian, whose actual title was Ange Didier Huon, died in a motorbike accident earlier this month.
A whole bunch of Ivorian artists took half in a stadium live performance, with President Alassane Ouattara amongst its attendees.
Huon’s coffin is because of be dropped at the stadium and carried away later to a neighborhood cemetery for burial.
The ceremony was organised after a profitable on-line petition which referred to as on the federal government to permit the usage of Félix Houphouët Boigny stadium, which seats 35,000 individuals.
The federal government additionally pledged $250,000 in direction of the occasion and hundreds of safety personnel had been deployed to handle crowds.
DJ Arafat has been known as the “king” of coupé-décalé (minimize and run), an Ivorian type of dance music.
The musical style was born within the early 2000s throughout Ivory Coast’s civil battle and emphasised that younger individuals nonetheless wished to have enjoyable regardless of the battle.
DJ Arafat got here to symbolise the flashy well-dressed way of life related to the music, which options quick percussion, deep bass and hip-hop-style vocals.
The singer was additionally identified for his love of bikes and featured them in his most up-to-date hit, Moto Moto, launched in Could, which has had greater than 5 million YouTube views.
He launched greater than 10 studio albums over his 15-year profession, and was named greatest artist of the 12 months on the Coupé-Decalé Awards in 2016 and 2017.
Off stage, DJ Arafat was identified for controversy, having confronted accusations of home abuse.
The music star additionally repeatedly lashed out at different artists on social media.
“The clashes began as a result of I wished to point out I used to be primary on the Ivorian music scene,” Huon advised Jeune Afrique journal final 12 months.
“Above all it helped me to invent new sounds, I wanted competitors to seek out inspiration. When the music scene is sleeping, you need to wake it up”.