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Subject: Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) records Song for Peace, his first pop song recording in more than 25 years.
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2003 13:41:00 -0800
From: "Murthy, Sujata" firstname.lastname@example.org
Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) Records Song For Peace
His first pop song recorded in more than 25 years.
Islam, the artist formerly known as CAT STEVENS, has joined thousands of people
around the world calling for peace.
1978, Cat Stevens recorded his last pop song for his last album, Back to Earth,
and quietly retreated from the pop spotlight.
But in this turbulent time, after more than 25 years,
Yusuf Islam returned to the studio to re-recorded one of his most popular
songs, "Peace Train."
remarks, ""Peace Train" is a
song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the
hearts of millions and there is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of
hope rise up again.
As a member of humanity and as a Muslim, this is my contribution to the
call for a peaceful solution."
"Angel of War," Islam decided to
revisit his musical legacy and rework a classic track. "Angel of War" is based on the melody of "Lady D?Arbanville."
tracks were recorded at Yellowbrick Studios during a recent trip to
had initially planned his trip to take part in the Nelson Mandela Concert to
raise money for AIDS in Africa.
Although the concert was cancelled, Islam remained in South Africa. He
started a medical center in Johannesburg for AIDS patients. Through the years,
most of his royalties have been donated to various children's causes -
including his charity Small Kindness - which has helped thousands of orphans and
destitute families most recently in Kosovo and Bosnia.
up by humanity and reflecting on the world today, Islam was inspired to record a
number of new tracks with local South African musicians, "Because I don't
play guitar anymore, African harmonies and rhythms have been an inspiration to
me, I love the raw origin of the sound; it compliments my voice and words
naturally?, Islam said.
2000 saw the release of The Very Best
Of Cat Stevens marking his first gold record in more than 20 years. In
2001, the Cat Stevens Box Set
was released from which he donated the royalties to the September 11th
Fund and his charity, Small Kindness.
Train? is available at yusufislam.org.uk or catstevens.com
Sujata Murthy, Universal Music Enterprises
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