Well that got a little out of hand...
Berlin-based British DJ Dax J has released a statement on Facebook following the announcement that the Tunisian authorities have sentenced him to one year in prison for playing a techno track with a sample of the Muslim call-to-prayer in it.
"I hold the upmost respect for all religions across the globe and I can now understand how my recent actions could have been perceived in the wrong way," Dax J wrote on Facebook. "We must all take time to truly respect and appreciate everybody’s beliefs in this world to move forward as a global society."
"I wish to express my deepest apologies to anyone who has been offended by the music that I played at the Orbit Festival in Tunisia last Friday. I am incredibly saddened that anyone would believe that I played a track, featuring a 20 second vocal of the "Call To Prayer / Adhan," for any reason other than its musicality and the beauty of the vocal."
The DJ played in the Tunisian festival Orbit last weekend, and experienced death threats on social media after his decision to play “Call to Prayer/Adhan” during his set. The club that he played El Guitoune has since been shut down and it’s owners arrested due to "violation against good morals and public outrage against modesty". The charges against them have since been dismissed, but those against Dax J—public indecency—remain.
Who knows where all of this is going to lead, and whether Dax J will end up doing any time, but you can be fairly certain that it’s only going to result in less techno in the Middle East (bad thing), and significantly less pseudo spiritual Burner House (good thing).