A nightclub in Tunisia has been shut down after footage emerged of British-born, Berlin-based DJ Dax J playing a track that samples the Muslim call to prayer.
Dax J had been booked to play the set at the El Guitone nightclub in the north-eastern town of Nabeul, as part of Orbit Festival on Friday night (March 31), reports BBC. Following his set, videos of attendees dancing to music that included a remix of the call to prayer – the religious act that Muslims perform five times a day – surfaced online and drew the attention of the authorities in the Muslim-majority country.
The governor of Nabeul, Mnaouar Ouertani, decided that the club would “remain closed” until further notice. Ouertani also said 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.”
Yesterday, the festival apologized for the incident in a post on the event’s Facebook page. However, they said that they did not accept responsibility for the offensive music.
Dax J later offered his “sincere apologies to anyone who may have been offended by music that I played at Orbit Festival in Tunisia on Friday,” but has since removed his Facebook page in the wake of ongoing death threats.
Listen to remix that insulted Muslims: