Cat Stevens entered Islam in 1977 and chose to adopt the name Joseph, but after a Muslim elder suggested that he use the Arabic pronunciation he acquiesced and became Yusuf. From both contemporary news articles and the public response it’s clear that there was considerable misunderstanding and no small amount of prejudice regarding this significant
It’s difficult to quantify the immense contribution that Alun Davies has made to Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ career. Not only do his delicate guitar playing and thoughtful vocal harmonies compliment Yusuf’s style perfectly but he has been a crucial friend and support from the time that the two first started working together. Indeed, it’s hard
It seems strange to celebrate the 50th anniversary of an event that almost killed Cat Stevens before he’d even reached his prime. However, being stricken down with near-fatal tuberculosis in 1968 can rightly be seen as the catalytic event that led to his blossoming into the artist and man of peace that the world knows
Yusuf is supporting the Penny Appeal Winter Emergency Campaign which aims to provide companionship and aid to the elderly and vulnerable during the cold winter months. He has recorded a version of a previously unreleased song called “Cup Of Tea”, which he originally wrote with friend Paul Ryan in 1969, to accompany Penny Appeal’s online campaign. Penny
2017 proved to be a truly spectacular year for Yusuf / Cat Stevens. Indeed, with the release of The Laughing Apple, a hugely successful tour of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and with Yusuf becoming a grandad for the ninth time one might even go so far as to say that 2017 really ought
The Spark Arena in Auckland certainly lived up to its name at an electric night on New Zealand’s North Island. The crowed buzzed with an energy that Yusuf and the band had to meet head-on in a clash that might have be better suited to the rugby field, but only in the friendliest of matches.
Eric Appapoulay Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals, Mandolin Eric Appapoulay’s presence in Yusuf’s musical journey started at around the time that Yusuf re-entered the Western musical mainstream with his Another Cup album and he has been an essential part of the live band ever since. Eric describes himself as an “eclectic multi-instrumentalist” and has lent