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Pepito Magic System drummer drowns in Ivory Coast

Didier Deigna, known by the stage name Pepito, was reported to have drowned at a beach in the small town of Jacqueville in southern Ivory Coast on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

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Magic System drummer, Pepito play

Magic System drummer, Pepito

(BBC)

Ivory Coast's famous Magic System drummer, Pepito, 46, is dead.

Magic System drummer, Pepito play

Magic System drummer, Pepito

(BBC)

 

Didier Deigna, known by the stage name Pepito, was reported to have drowned at a beach in the small town of Jacqueville in southern Ivory Coast on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

The group in a Facebook post made this sad announcement.

They say Pepito died while trying to save another person who was drowning.

"For the last 16 years, Pepito was our backing vocalist, our drummer, but above all the conductor with our group Magic System," the band added in a statement.

Magic System are particularly popular in French-speaking West Africa and in France.

Pepito's tragic loss comes a week after the sudden death of influential Congolese musician Papa Wemba, who collapsed on stage while performing in Ivory Coast, Abidjan.

Watch Magic System perform live on stage in video below.

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