Bosnian-German DJ Solomun, who performed at the newly opened Gotha Nightclub in Dubai earlier this year, has apologised profusely for including the Muslim call to prayer in a recent set in Italy.
During Solomun’s performance at the Kappa Futur Festival on Saturday (July 7), he debuted a new demo he had received “shortly before the show”.
It included a vocal sample of the azan, or call to prayer, which is considered to be sacred to Muslims.
Now, in an apology posted to Facebook, Solomun has expressed his regret over a situation that has left him “devastated and full of sorrow”.
“While the track played I was not at all aware what was actually happening, but I sensed that something was off and I had a very odd feeling about the situation, even though I did not understand the language. Directly after the break, I mixed out of the track,” wrote Solomun.
“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 apologise 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, who signed his apology with both his first and last name, added that he contacted the producer of the track and asked him not to release or play the song any longer.
“Of course, we also deleted the recording of the set wherever it was possible, because something like this is not supposed to be out there anymore,” said Solomun, reiterating that music should bring people together, rather than create anger.