Techno DJ Dax J has been sentenced to a year in jail for playing a dance remix of the Muslim call to prayer at a Tunisian festival.


Chances are he won’t be serving out his sentence, as he already fled the country. However, he did issue an apologetic statement to the Muslims he offended: “Sincere apologies to anyone who may have been offended by music that I played at Orbit Festival in Tunisia on Friday. It was never my intention to upset or cause offence to anybody.”

When footage of Dax J’s Muslim prayer remix surfaced on social media, the governor of Nabeul, Mnaouar Ouertani, shut the club down.

Before the incident, Dax J had played many clubs and festivals across the world, including UK’s Glastonbury. He’s probably not going to be asked back to Tunisia anytime soon, but the club has accepted his apology.

Rough translation of the post below states: “Dax J did not intend to provoke your anger or offend you. It is clear, after his apologies, that Dax J is sincere and has no reason to hurt our dear festival-goers.”

“We do not want to interfere in religious debates. Away from us the idea of tarnishing the image of Islam, which remains a religion of peace and forgiveness. So my friends, forgive, and don’t forget that the music is the answer.”

Chers amis, Nous tenons, tout d'abord, à remercier toutes les personnes qui nous ont fait honneur par leur présence….

Posted by Orbit Festival on Monday, April 3, 2017

 

Source: BBC News | Photo: Elite Music Management