Press Release 3/26/03
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Yusuf Islam joins the growing chorus of
international artists calling for peace with his new version of Peace Train.
He will make a personal appearance at The Burjuman Centre (in Dubai) with South African
vocal artist Zain Bikha, who will premiere a video clip of his song for universal peace
entitled Our World .
Yusuf Islam, celebrated British Muslim humanitarian
activist and one of the worlds most famous converts to Islam, previously known as
Cat Stevens, has publicly joined the growing international peace movement calling for an
end to war in Iraq by recording a new version of multi-platinum 1970s hit, Peace
Train. Mr. Islam will be making a personal appearance with South African vocal
artist Zain Bikha on Thursday evening, March 27th at Burjuman Centre in Dubai to premiere
the video clip of Zain Bikhas haunting and lyrical call for universal peace,
Our World, which is released under Yusuf Islams Mountain of Light label,
recently launched in the Middle East. At the same time, audiences will be treated to an
exclusive showing of a video clip of the new version of Peace Train recently
recorded in South Africa. Proceeds from the sale of both Peace Train and
Our World will be distributed to Iraqi children victimized by the invasion
through the U.K.-based and U.N.-registered Small Kindness charity organisation.
Yusuf Islam stressed that the new version of Peace Train did not signal the
comeback of Cat Stevens. "I wrote Peace Train to protest another tragic
war that filled my generation with sadness and uncertainty," he said. "It seems
to me that Peace Train is more relevant than ever." The idea to record a
new version of the multi-million selling original song, which has been listed by EMI as
one of the most played recordings in record industry history, came in response to an
invitation to participate in One Big No, a concert organised in London to
protest the war against Iraq featuring George Michael, David Bowie, Neil Young, Ronan
Keating, Yoko Ono, Elton John, Michael Moore and Coldplay, among many other artists
against the war. Yusuf Islam re-arranged Peace Train using South African
backing singers in place of musical instruments and sent a videotape of the performance
recorded live at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg prefaced by a message of solidarity.
The new version of Peace Train is to be included in, War Child', a
compilation album of major international artists against the war to be released in April.
The Our World album and all Mountain of Light books and recordings are
available in Magrudys, Dubai Library Distributors, and Dar Al-Balagh bookstores, and
other outlets throughout the country. Peace Train will be released in April as
a CD with Angel of War', a second anti-war song composed by Yusuf Islam.
Yusuf Islams new version of Peace Train can be down-loaded from www.yusufislam.org.uk and contributions for the
children of Iraq can be made through the www.smallkindness.org