Solomun played an amazing set when he headlined Kappa Futur Festival in Turin, Italy last weekend. But little did he know, he included a track that contained a sample of the Azan, the Islamic call to prayer.
Since the revelation, the Diynamic head honcho issued an apology for his mistake on Facebook. Solomun explained that the act was purely unintentional.
“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. "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.”
Solomun said he received a demo before his set, and without recognising the sample, the Bosnian-German DJ decided to play the track at the festival.
Admittedly, Solomun sensed that “something was off” before mixing out of the track at the first break. It was only revealed to him later that he had played a tune containing a sample of the Azan.
Solomun has also made an effort to reach out to the producer who sent him the demo. He has asked him not to release or play the tune. He has also gone the extra mile to remove recordings of his as many as possible.
As mentioned, the Azan is a special Islamic call to prayers. It is heard five times a day to alert Muslims on their prayer time. This isn’t the first time a DJ has gotten into trouble for playing verses of the Azan in their sets.
Last year, after British techno DJ Dax J played a similar track in his set at a Tunisian club, an arrest warrant was issued, he was sentenced to a year in prison (which he avoided by not returning to the country) and the club was forced to close its doors. The conviction will stand for the next five years, effectively banning him from entering the country until it expires.
Acid Pauli also recently played tracks with samplings of verses from the Quran at Beirut's Gärten venue, which was was forced closed by authorities earlier this summer following the incident. That venue reopened a few days after the incident.
Read Solomun’s full statement below: