Tunisian club indefinitely shut down after DJ samples sacred Muslim call to prayer
Tunisian nightclub El Guitone was shut down until further notice after British-born DJ Dax J played a track that samples the Muslim call to prayer. El Guitone is located in the north-eastern town of Nabeul, and DJ Dax J was spinning for Orbit Festival which took place on Friday night. After his set, several videos of the track surfaced online which eventually reached the eyes and ears of authorities in the Muslim-majority country. The call to prayer that is remixed in the track is intended for the religious act that Muslims perform five times a day.
Mnaouar Ouertani, the governor of Nabeul, decided that the club would remain closed until further notice, disclosing that the manager of El Guitone had been arrested for “violation against good morals and public outrage against modesty,” adding that “the government will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred.”
Orbit Festival has publicly apologized on their Facebook page, and a statement has been released by Dax J:
“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.”
DJ Dax J’s Facebook page has since been shut down after receiving numerous death threats.