El Guitone nightclub in Nabeul, Tunisia has been shut down and is currently under investigation after video clips appeared on social media of Dax J, above, playing a remix of the Muslim call to prayer .
Death threats against the British DJ soon followed, according to this report.
Dax J had been making the rounds in the city as part of Orbit Festival (alongside Radio Slave, La Fleur, DVS1) and played at the nightclub last Friday. Footage was shared of clubbers dancing to the “offensive” track.
The manager of the nightclub has since been arrested for:
Violation against good morals and public outrage against modesty.
The Governor of Nabeul, Mnaouar Ouertani stated:
We will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred.
The BBC reported that Ouertani said that the club would “remain closed” until further notice.
Organisers of the Orbit Festival have publicly apologised via their Facebook page and is reported here as saying that the incident could have happened at any party in any country.
Dax J did not intend to provoke your anger or offend you. He didn’t believe that this could offend you … It is unfair that 20 sec of music ruined it for an event of 2 days and prepared for many months. We do not want to interfere in religious debates.
They added that there was no intention of:
Tarnishing the image of Islam, which remains a religion of peace and forgiveness.
In a statement released by Dax J he said:
I want to offer my 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.
His Facebook page has been temporarily shut down following a wave of death threats over the weekend.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn