British DJ and Producer Dax J has been sentenced to serve 1 year in jail for playing a remix of the Muslim call to prayer during a festival in Tunisia.
Since then Dax J has left the country, most likely not serving his sentence at all. However, he did issue a statement apologizing to the Muslim community 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.”
Footage surfaced the internet showing two DJs playing a remix of the call of to prayer, an action the religious followers perform five times a day. The incident occurred in a nightclub which is part of Tunisian festival “Orbit Festival”, the club was shut down by local authorities after the footage made it onto the internet.
Orbit Festival issued an apologize which stated:
“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.”
Dax J has performed worldwide, at festivals such as Awakenings in Holland and UK’s Glastonbury, and will be performing this coming August at Portuguese festival NeoPop alongside Kraftwerk, Maceo Plex, Dixon, RØdhad and many more.