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New Yusuf Islam single aids Gaza families, covers George Harrison

on January 30, 2009, 3:00pm

Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) reemerged onto the pop scene in 2006 with An Other Cup, the singer/songwriter’s first mainstream release in nearly thirty years. Now, Islam, with the help of Klaus Voorman (aka The Fifth Beatle), has released a cover version of George Harrison’s “The Day The World Gets ‘Round” via iTunes and Jamal Records.

“Looking through George Harrison’s albums, I discovered the song ‘The Day The World Gets ‘Round.’ It’s a beautiful plea for peace and understanding written by George Harrison, the spiritual leader of the Beatles. I’d met him with John Lennon in the early 70s at David Bailey’s studio. He was such a great spirit and his eastern outreach inspired me and many others. George was also more responsible than any other artist for initiating Pop music’s movement to aid people and countries stricken by wars and calamities; his concert for Bangladesh was the first of its kind.

“The song speaks of the split nature of this world: comparing the love and joy of sharing what we all have on this earth, with the ‘foolishness in man’ and his quest for more, thus causing war and loss in the process.

“I hope this record will help remind people of the immense love, peace, and happiness, that is possible when we get round to looking at our futile wars and prejudices.”

Proceeds from the release of this single will be donated to The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and Save The Children in order to help children and families in Gaza.

In addition, fans can also expect a future release of “Boots & Sand”, another new Yusuf Islam single, featuring Sir Paul McCartney and Dolly Parton among others. A music video is also being filmed to accompany this release.

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