Gyan, Drogba, Adebayor and many others pay tribute to Ivorian singer DJ Arafat

Published on: 13 August 2019

Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan is amongst top African footballers to pay tribute to late Ivorian singer DJ Arafat. 

Arafat, 33, died after a ghastly road accident in Abidjan.

Many African players including Ghana’s highest all-time goalscorer Asamoah Gyan, Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Adebayor and new Arsenal signing Nicholas Pepe paid tribute to the young musician.

"RIP @djarafat hmmm life." Gyan wrote on instragram.

Born in Abidjan in 1986, DJ Arafat -- real name Ange Didier Huon -- had a massive audience in French-speaking western and central African countries.

He released 11 albums, mainly of "coupe-decale" -- a dance music form combining rapid percussion, choppy rhythms with hip hop-style vocals.

DJ Arafat was named "Best Artist of the Year" at the Ivorian "Coupe-decale" Awards in 2016 and 2017.

He was born in the music world. His mother was a well-known singer and his father a prominent sound engineer, one music manager said. He started as a DJ in Yopougon, one of Abidjan's night-life districts.