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Mafou debunks his death hoax as artist mourns someone with same name

Filiz Mustafa January 31, 2022

Music artist Mafou took to Instagram this week to debunk his death hoax after false rumours had spread about him on the internet, leaving many of his fans concerned.

The artist paid a touching tribute to someone else with the same name and explained what led to the confusion.

Mafou debunks his death hoax

On Monday (31 January), Mafou took to his Instagram Stories to confirm that he is alive and well after a false social media rumour left his fans worried.

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The artist said that someone with the same name had passed away yesterday (Sunday, 30 January) which led to the confusion. He explained: “It’s all good on my side. I’m still alive and well and happy it’s no scam or whatever. I hope I can get those articles taken down.”

The artist added: “Still R.I.P to the real Mafou that died.”

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Screengrab: Mafou’s Instagram page

His death hoax appears to have started following several reports about a person under the name Mafou who had sadly passed away.

As a result, tributes and posts continued to emerge about the artist with many people initially confused about them as there was no official announcement.

Meet Mafou

Mafou is a Swiss-Senegalese musician, DJ and producer based in Basel, Switzerland. He is the co-founder of the electronic music company Somatic Rituals.

Thanks to a rich musical background in his family, the artist was able to start a unique label with a blend of his cultural heritage and personal aspirations.

Mafou often collaborates with fellow artists for projects related to Somatic Rituals. You can find some of their mutual work on the label’s Facebook profile.

His tracks are also available on SoundCloud and YouTube. If you want to find more about the artist, you can give him a follow on Instagram @findmafou and Twitter under same handle.

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Speaking to Village Underground in December 2021, Mafou opened up about some of the influences in his career, explaining: “When I started listening to electronic music, my friend Kombe who I run the label with and who’s one year older introduced me to the label from (Paris based DJ and Producer) Bambounou.

“Since he introduced me to them I was stuck with their sound and journey; electronic-wise that was my biggest influence, to this day still. For me Bambounou was also an inspiration: he looked like me, a light-skinned dude, and there weren’t many back then to orientate to so he was a role model, my main inspiration.”

In the same interview, Mafou added that he has a residency with EOS Radio in Frankfurt and had several other upcoming gigs in the near future.

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Filiz is a film and TV journalist with a flair for everything related to showbiz and reality TV. With a Masters degree in Magazine Journalism from Cardiff University, she has specialised in finding the latest trending story to keeping up to date with new releases for a creative feature. When she's not busy creating entertainment content, she loves spending time in nature, reading non-fiction books, eating comfort food and travelling.