King Of A Land
Yusuf’s seventeenth studio album, KING OF A LAND, is an unbelievable achievement. His vivid lyrical poetry and unique melodic sensibilities cast the listener into a world which embraces the lost lands of truisms and stainless youth. Yusuf uses his masterful storytelling to invite the listener towards the gates of a better reality – where happy endings can possibly happen.
The struggle for land and nationhood in the Palestine/Israel region is so utterly tragic and so unnecessary. The violence and killing which has been going on continuously, day after day since the end of World War II — when ‘peace’ was supposed to have finally arrived — seems like a cruel mockery. The war did not end, for many people in the Holy land, it just got a whole lot worse.
Over the years, since becoming a Muslim, I have been accused of saying and doing things I have neither said nor done. Stories spread from person to person, whether intentionally or not, the result is that some people are led into thinking I am connected to causes I don’t believe in or subscribe to. Now that I’ve decided to sing again, I’m sure it will attract a whole new wave of articles and allegations to diminish my work for peace and better understanding. So to avoid relying on whispers or hearsay, here’s a chance to glance at what I have to say first-hand about some of those controversial issues people tried to tag me with “past and present“ as well as a chance to reprise some of my old lyrics.