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April 8, 2017

Dax J has fled Tunisia and may be in hiding.  The club where he performed has been shuttered.  A Facebook account has been closed following multiple death threats.  Now that’s one powerful remix…

 

Last Friday, at the El Guitone night club in Tunisia, British-born DJ Dax J played a controversial dance remix.  While fans enjoyed the dance club remix of the Muslim call to prayer, Tunisians became furious after the video surfaced.  The fierce backlash prompted Dax J to post a public apology on his Facebook.

 

He stated that he had never wanted to offend anyone.  It was really just… a remix.

 

“To anyone offended by the music that I played at Orbit Festival in Tunisia, I apologize. It was never my intention to upset or cause offense to anybody.”
 

However, his apology did little to calm the country’s furor.  After receiving several death threats, Dax J shut down his Facebook.

Soon thereafter, authorities started an investigation into the events at the nightclub.  The Ministry of Affairs had previously condemned Dax J, stating,

 

“Mocking the opinions and religious principles of Tunisians is absolutely not acceptable.”
 

Immediately after arresting the club owner, authorities shut down the El Guitone nightclub.  Charges against the nightclub owner and an event organizer have been dismissed, a court spokesperson told AFP.  But charges against the DJ will stick.

A Tunisian court has now charged the Berlin-based DJ with public indecency and offending public morality.  The court sentenced him to a year in jail in Tunisia.  Prior to the sentence, however, Dax J had already fled the country.

After the video surfaced on Facebook, Orbit Festival organizers apologized to offended fans.  In French, the post said that the DJ “did not realize it might offend an audience from a Muslim country like ours.”

The governor of Nabeul, Tunisia (where the festival was held), stated:

 

“After confirming the facts, we decided to close this nightclub.  We will not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred.”

 

 

Dax J has performed at festivals and nightclubs globally, including at techno music festivals.  He currently runs a studio in Berlin. So far, there’s no word yet on his whereabouts, or whether Tunisian authorities will seek to have the DJ extradited.

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