Kappa Futur Festival‘s top headliner Solomun inadvertently DJed a track on Saturday that included a sample of the adhan, the Islamic call to worship. Following the weekend, the respected underground DJ and producer issued an official apology on Facebook for “such a big mistake“.
Solomun stated in a post that he received a demo shortly before his set at Kappa Futur Festival, which took place this weekend in Turin, Italy. The acclaimed DJ didn’t even have the time to realize what sample they handed to him, but he then revealed that he kind of “sensed that something was off“, and while playing it he “had a very odd feeling about the situation, even though I did not understand the language.” Only later it was pointed out to his attention that he had played a track with a vocal sample of the Call to Prayer.
“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 writes, “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“.
He then instructed the producer who gave him the sample not to release or play the track and has also taken steps to remove recordings of his set where possible.
Read full Solomun’s statement below.
This is not the first time this sample has come out during DJ sets, a Tunisian club was shut down after DJ Dax J played a track with the same sample, and Beirut nightclub The Gärten was forced to close in May after Acid Pauli accidentally played verses from the Quran.