London-born DJ ‘Dax J’ has been sentenced to a year in jail by a Tunisian court after he played a remix of the Muslim call to prayer in a nightclub.
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Here’s a video of him dropping the tune:
Dax J was charged with public indecency and offending public morality. Tunisian authorities even shut down the nightclub in the north-east town of Nabeul.
The Governor of Nabeul, Mnaouar Ouertani, says:
We will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred.
Not sure how it’s an attack as he only remixed some music but OK. Organisers of Orbit Festival apologised but then took no responsibility and pretty much blamed it all on Dax:
Dax J is English and played the track recently in Europe. (We did not realise) it might offend an audience from a Muslim country like ours.
The good news is Dax J had the good sense to get the hell out of Tunisia while the investigation was still ongoing, so as long as he never returns he should be sweet.
He did issue this apology though:
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
Tunisia’s religious affairs ministry has said:
Mocking the opinions and religious principles of Tunisians is absolutely unacceptable.
Blimey, this lot seem a bit insecure about their religion, don’t they? Not even the Romans or Ancient Greeks banned blasphemy and I’m pretty sure they’d be OK with you remixing one of their prayers too. If God disagreed, he’ll strike you down. Simple.
At the same time, Tunisia is an Islamic country so this was a bit of a daft move by Dax J. Got to be smarter than that mate.
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