Didier Drogba joins tens of thousands at DJ Arafat funeral concert | AFP

Football legends such as Didier Drogba join A-list African artists in paying tribute to DJ Arafat, the Ivorian music star who was killed aged 33 in a motorbike accident. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITE

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Thousands pay tribute to the Ivorian star DJ Arafat after death | AFP

Thousands of fans in Ivory Coast, including football star Didier Drogba, pay tribute to DJ Arafat, the 33-year-old who died in a motorbiking accident. IMAGES

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Ivorians sing and dance ahead of stadium ceremony for late DJ Arafat | AFP

Fans of DJ Arafat begin to fill the Félix Houphouët-Boigny stadium in Abidjan for the opening of a tribute ceremony for their hero, who died in a motorbike accident on August 12. Many dance to his music in the streets on their way to the ceremony. IMAGES

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Fans pay tribute to West African star DJ Arafat | AFP

Fans pay tribute to DJ Arafat, an Ivorian star of the “coupe-decale” dance genre with a huge following in francophone Africa, who died after a road accident in Abidjan.

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Muslim pilgrims pray at Mount Arafat | AFP

Muslim pilgrims pray at Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca, as the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage approaches. Arafat is the site where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed gave his last sermon about 14 centuries ago after leading his followers on the pilgrimage.

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Over 2 million Muslims begin hajj spiritual journey in Arafat

More than two million Muslims from around the world begin the hajj pilgrimage at Islam’s holiest sites, a religious duty and a multi-stage spiritual journey. Wearing the simple garb of the pilgrim, the faithful waited at dawn with their suitcases for buses to take them to Mina five kilometres to the east; there, hundreds of thousands were gathering before they set off at dawn to climb Mount Arafat, the pinnacle of the hajj.