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.
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.
Dax J has taken to Facebook to make an apolagetic statement.
“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.”
DAX J has been confirmed to play at Portuguese techno festival NeoPop.