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Yusef Islam

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    Yusuf Islam On World Cafe The former Cat Stevens returned to the world of popular music with 2006's An Other Cup, his first secular studio album in 28 years. The disc contains old songs that were never recorded, songs he wrote in the last couple of years, and songs that he came up with once he reached the studio. Hear the musician perform four tracks from the record in this archived session from 2007.
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Our Vintage Cafe From 2007 Is A Fascinating Look At Yusuf Islam, Cat Stevens', Reemergence Into The Pop World

December 3, 2013 - Our Vintage Cafe this week takes us back to 2007 with Yusuf Islam, Cat Stevens. Although previously he had sung a version of his song “Peace Train” in the wake of 9/11, his album Another Cup was his first step back into the pop world in almost two decades.


Cat Stevens ruled the pop charts from the early 70’s with albums like Tea For The Tillerman and Teaser and The Firecat among many other hits. At the height of his fame in 1978 he simply stopped, converted to Islam, gave away his wealth and changed his name to Yusuf Islam. He may have wanted to be left alone but instantly he became the most famous face in the British Muslim community. As such his statements supporting the fatwa on author Salmon Rushdie became big news and caused a major backlash. We’ll discuss that and talk about his spiritual journey and hear songs from Another Cup along with a couple from his pop star past. I think you will find it as fascinating as I do to revisit this place in time with Yusuf Islam, Cat Stevens, on the World Cafe.

Session Setlist:
OH VERY YOUNG
MAYBE THERE'S A WORLD
IN THE END
PEACE TRAIN

Recent Release: Roadsinger
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Label: Hip-O Records / A&M Records

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