Dax J has been forced to close his Facebook account due to the number of death threats he received after playing a track with a sample of the Muslim call to prayer at a gig in Tunisia at the weekend.
The British-born Berlin-based techno DJ was playing at the El Guitone nightclub in Nabeul as part of Orbit festival in Tunisia when the incident occured.
After J’s show on Friday 1st April, videos emerged of festival goers dancing to the track sampling the Muslim call to prayer – the religious act performed by Muslims five times a day – which drew the attention of the authorities in the Muslim-majority country.
El Guitone nightclub has now reportedly been closed down and is under investigation, according to The Guardian. The club’s manager is also said to have been arrested for "violation against good morals and public outrage against modesty.”
The festival subsequently issued an apology last night, stating, “Dax J did not intend to provoke your anger or offend you.”
Dax J also issued an apology via his Facebook page, where he offered “sincere apologies to anyone who may have been offended by music that I played at Orbit Festival in Tunisia on Friday,” but was forced to close his account due to the number of death threats he continued to receive.
You can watch Dax J play the Muslim call to prayer at Orbit festival at El Guitone nightclub in Tunisia below.
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