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Editorial: DJ Arafat built a personality cult; we only discovered after his demise

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Editorial: DJ Arafat built a personality cult; we only discovered after his demise

Akombi Lionel-Editor at large, entertainment

Dj Arafat might be gone but the imprint of his shade has been written in the sand of posterity. The legacy he has instituted is an Olympic flame that will spark out through generation and will serve as an internal inspiration for many young people who look up to him as their hearts

 Calling Dj Arafat a superstar might just be a scratch on the surface of his personality. I will rather prefer that overused encomiums “hero” considering the hurt, dismay, consternation, controversy and   trend of events that have transpired since the announcement of his demise.

From the saga at the hospital where hundreds of fans broke into the hospital to confirm his demise, the number of internationally acclaimed superstars from within and without the continent who have been able to reach out to his family with heavy financial packages, a rare occurrence in Africa, not leaving out the thousands of fan who came from within and without the African continent who turned out to bid farewell to the star boy Arafat

The Ivorian legend was indeed a continental icon. On Friday, thousands of people attended a concert in the main city, Abidjan to pay tribute to the musician. He was then laid to rest in a private ceremony on Saturday.

But images on social media showed fans battling police who were preventing them from entering the site. Police resorted to using tear gas to try and disperse those who had gathered outside where the ceremony was taking place.

Other images suggest that some had managed to reach DJ Arafat’s coffin.

“We wanted to see the body of our idol before the tomb was sealed,” one unnamed fan told AFP news agency.

What makes him so special?

DJ Arafat was one of the most popular African musicians in the Francophone world, and had been referred to as the “king” of coupé-décalé (cut and run), an Ivorian form of dance music.

He came to symbolize the flashy, well-dressed lifestyle associated with the music, which features fast percussion, deep bass and hip hop-style vocals

His dance steps, dressing style and hair inspired millions of youths who aspire to be like him and identify with his music.

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Back-to-back: Cameroon Music trio drops another banger “I don tire”

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Barely a week after the release of their debut single “jailer”- a remake of African music goddess,  ASA’s hit tune, Cameroon music trio has dropped another hit song titled “I don tire”

In “I don tire”, the group Black Tribe denounces gun violence, rape, xenophobia and other ills plaguing country Cameroon, Africa and the world.

Recorded in the country’s two official languages (French and English) and dropping at a time when there is an international pressure for ceasefire between  country’s separatist and government forces in the country’s English speaking regions, Black Tribe is in no small way adding its voice to the peace crusade many are now championing back home.

In a press release announcing the latest hit from their camp, the group writes “With so much disunity, hate, fear and uncertainty around us today, it’s our duty, every one of us to contribute in building a more peaceful world for our children”

The group Black Tribe consists of three members-M Consty, Larry Paize and Ernest Chicho

They have also hinted a full album on course to be releases in the months ahead

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BGC Queen Jaye shocks her critics; bless her fans with the release of stunning Amio video

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It has been arguably the most anticipated music video in the country’s recent memory. Jaye’s release of her latest single Amio had kept the entire nation talking and music critics thinking about the future of the country’s music as the Buea-based artists stormed social media with her explicit music cover to announce her entrancing piece

Amio, a Cameroonian Romeo and Juliet love story quickly fizzled out of the social media bubbles around the country even as it top charts on BoomPlay and make waves on radios around the country as critics point to her explicit music cover photos and make it their talking point.

But in the heavily anticipated video directed by Cameroon’s video kingpin Mr Adrenaline, Jaye goes back to the roots of the Cameroonian music, blending images of the 80s with modern day reality while punctuating the scintillating scenes with the cherished Kizomba dance steps to produce what would strongly contest s for favourite video of the year and get anyone off their feet to the rhythm of good music.

 

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Followers of televangelist TB Joshua on edge as 27th March prophesy deadline for coronavirus looms

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Followers of televangelist TB Joshua on edge as 27th March prophesy deadline for coronavirus looms 

The Nigerian prophet and general overseer of the Synagogue Church of all nations Prophet TB Joshua during one of his services said the deadly coronavirus ravaging the world will disappear just as it came by March 27th 2020

Another Nigerian based televangelists Apostle Suleman of the Omega Fire Ministries also told his followers that God told him the virus will disappear just as it came but didn’t attach a deadline to it 

The coronavirus however seem to be getting worst around the globe both in terms of numbers of infected cases and dead rates

Many continue to die around the world and African countries are increasingly infected with WHO officials warning  millions could die in the continent if nothing urgent is done to help.

But this would not be  the first time prophet TB Joshua’s prophesy fails to come true should the 27 March deadline fails to end the virus around the globe.

During the heated US elections between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, the revered man of God with millions of followers across the globe said he saw a woman emerging as the winner  of the race.

It would later turnout Trump won the election even though his followers consoled themselves with the fact that Hilary Clinton won the popular vote

It remains highly unlikely that the deadly coronavirus will suddenly disappear between now and tomorrow morning.

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