Words by Tanya Bonnie Rae
El Guitone nightclub in Nabeul, Tunisia has been shut down and is currently under investigation, after video clips of Dax J sampling the Muslim call to prayer emerged on social media.
The British DJ had been making the rounds in the city as part of Orbit Festival (alongside Radio Slave, La Fleur, DVS1) and played at the nightclub over April 1st, before footage was shared of clubbers dancing to a track that sampled the Muslim call to prayer.
The manager of the nightclub has since been arrested “for violation against good morals and public outrage against modesty”, with the governor of Nabeul Mnaouar Ouertani stating ““We will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred”.
Organisers of Orbit Festival have publicly apologised via 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.”
His Facebook page has been temporarily shut down following a wave of death threats over the weekend.