Longing for Cat Steven
“Morning Has Broken”… that was Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam. Cat Steven converted to Islam and changed his name in 1977. Two years after that, he retired from the music business.
“There were one hundred reasons for leaving the music industry back in 1979, not least because I had found what I was looking for spiritually. Today there are perhaps one hundred and one good reasons why I feel right making music and singing about life in this fragile world again,” Islam says.
And what do you know… 28 years later, Yusuf’s latest album hits the market (will be in this part of the world pretty soon….I am waiting…)
“Much has changed, but today I am in a unique position as a looking glass through which Muslims can see the west and the west can see Islam,” Islam adds. “It is important for me to be able to help bridge the cultural gaps others are sometimes frightened to cross.”
Yusuf Islam’s “An Other Cup” by Atlantic Records was produced by Rick Nowells (who produced for Dido and Madonna, amongs others).