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Yusuf Islam shares new song “He Was Alone” and video — watch

on June 06, 2016, 3:15pm

 

Yusuf Islam has kept a low profile since releasing his 2014 album, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone. The artist formerly known as Cat Stevens has resurfaced this week, however, and for a very good cause.

Islam has shared a moving new song called “He Was Alone” and its corresponding video. The track is part of his newly launched fundraising campaign for child refugees, #YouAreNotAlone, inspired by a recent trip to Turkey.

“It was difficult to stand by just watching this tragedy without trying to do something,” he said in an official statement. “My hope is to open people’s hearts to the sadness experienced by thousands of young souls whose voices are not heard in the clamour created by the politicians and the media in the midst of the refugee crisis, generated by the wars and conflicts blazing through their homelands.”

On the track, Islam can be heard recounting the sad plight of so many young refugees. “He was alone, when he was twelve/ Only his thoughts, which he kept to himself/ He didn’t have, a place to play/ A friend to call, or a word to say.”

Check out the song above via its equally poignant clip.

On June 14th, Islam will play a special charity concert at London’s Westminster Central Hall. For more information, head here.

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