Final tribute held for DJ Arafat, the ‘King of Coupe Decale’ dance music
02 September 2019 | 4:27 pm
Thousands of fans of DJ Arafat, the king of 'Coupè Dècalè' dance music that is hugely popular in Ivory Coast and West Africa, gathered on Friday to pay tribute to him in a stadium in Abidjan on the eve of his funeral.
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