During the Orbit Festival in Tunisia that took place over the weekend of March 31st – April 1st, UK DJ Dax Jwas sentenced to one year in jail after playing a techno remix of the Muslim call to prayer.
Videos of the DJ playing the remix of the Muslim call to prayer, or Adhan, went viral following the performance. As a result this allowed authorities to take action against both Dax J and the club, El Guitone. It was reported that El Guitone has been shut down and the owner has been taken into custody “for violation against good morals and public outrage against modesty.”
Because of the performance, Dax J was sentenced to one year in jail in Tunisia. However, because the DJ was not in the country, he was not incarcerated and the charges will expire after five years.
He has since released the following statement regarding the incident:
“I wish to express my deepest apologies to anyone who has been offended by the music that I played at the Orbit Festival in Tunisia last Friday. I am incredibly saddened that anyone would believe that I played a track, featuring a 20 second vocal of the “Call To Prayer / Adhan”, for any reason other than its musicality and the beauty of the vocal.
As a result of this unfortunate and unintentional incident, yesterday in my absence and without notice, I was convicted in the Tunisian courts and sentenced to 1 year in prison. I am currently back in Europe and this conviction in place will expire in 5 years.
I hold the upmost respect for all religions across the globe and I can now understand how my recent actions could have been perceived in the wrong way. We must all take time to truly respect and appreciate everybody’s beliefs in this world to move forward as a global society.
Through this experience, I have gained a greater and deeper insight into the world that we live in. I will continue to create art through music, and I look forward to sharing this with you.”
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