The stillness of a serene Johannesburg evening was well and truly shattered when Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ Peace Train steamed into town. The lights and glamour of his theatrical production transported a slice of London’s West End directly into the calm African night and the sounds and songs that defined an era of hope rang
It’s late in the evening just south of the Thames and Kwame Yeboah is steering Eric Appapoulay and Glen Scott through songs from Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ prolific back catalogue. The hi-hats mark the pace as the bass and guitar drive through the familiar musical patterns that are ingrained in the hearts of fans the
On Thursday 7th September Yusuf returned to his parental home/restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue in London to perform an incredibly intimate show launching his new album, The Laughing Apple. Armed with just an acoustic guitar and supported by Kwame Yeboah, the performance harked back to the start of the Island records period of his career that
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“I had some demos which never got to see the light of day and one of them was ‘Mary and the Little Lamb’. There was something beautiful about that song and I always loved the chorus, even though it was sad. I felt I had to write another verse because I wanted it to make