He issued 11 albums, mainly of "coupe-decale" - a dance music form combining choppy rhythms with hip-hop-style vocals.
Hundreds of fans gathered on Monday, weeping and chanting "Arafat can not die" outside the hospital in Abidjan's Cocody suburb where the singer died, AFP reporters at the scene said. "RIP Yorobo I love you", Nigerian musician Davido wrote.
In a new development to DJ Arafat's unfortunate demise, we have come across a bunch of photos which paints the sorrowful imagery of how fans reacted when they learnt that indeed the star was gone after besieging the hospital when they heard the news. His mother was a well-known singer and his father a prominent sound engineer, one music manager said.