Solomun issues apology after playing track with sample of Islamic call to prayer
Taking to Facebook to address what he’s called his “big mistake,” the globetrotting DJ claimed he was unaware he’d played a demo that contained a sample of the Islamic Call to prayer, though recognized that “something was off” during the set.
“First and foremost I would like to apologize to all Muslims around the globe for playing a track at Saturday’s Kappa Futur Festival, which contains a vocal sample of the Islamic Call to Prayer. A big thank you to those pointed out to me that I unknowingly had just made such a big mistake,” he wrote on Facebook.
“Now that I was made aware of the impact of this, I want to ask for your forgiveness: With all my heart I want to apologize for hurting religious feelings. As I am a religious person myself, nothing could be further from my intentions. I am deeply ashamed that this has happened…. Music is there to connect people, and this is what it has always been for me… I am devastated and full of sorrow that I did not achieve this last Saturday.”
Last year, a Tunisian club was asked to close its doors after the UK techno DJ Dax J played a similar track with a sample of the Islamic Call to Prayer. Just this summer, Beirut’s Gärten nightclub was closed temporarily by authorities after Acid Pauli played a track that sampled verses from the Quran.