Peace Train – Playing For Change

    Peace Train – Playing For Change

    In celebration of the International Day of Peace on 21st September, Yusuf has teamed up with Playing For Change to produce a glorious new version of ‘Peace Train’ that features more than 25 musicians from 12 different countries. The song’s timeless message of unity and hope is perfectly represented in this spectacular rendition that bursts with joy and optimism.

    “We are privileged to be able to create a glimpse of unity through music. However, if you want to make the Peace Train real, then you need two tracks: one track has to be Justice, and the other must be Well-being. Everybody should have access to these two things, then the Peace Train can really get going.” Yusuf

    Among the many wonderful artists who gave their time and talent to the project are five time Grammy Award winning Blues/Americana artist Keb’ Mo’, Grammy nominated Senegalese artist Baaba Maal, and Silkroad’s Rhiannon Giddens, also a Grammy Award winner. The Olodum drummers of Brazil bring the carnival atmosphere with their compelling rhythms and the sensational harmonies of the Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi lift our spirits to rejoice.

    Yusuf’s performance sitting at a simple white piano in a beautiful garden in Istanbul recalls John Lennon’s famous video for ‘Imagine’ where he too sits at a white piano and sings powerfully of the world as one. And as with ‘Imagine’, this year marks the 50th anniversary of ‘Peace Train’, its message is as vital today as it was in 1971 and it’s fitting that in that in this truly special new version Yusuf carries the song’s most poignant lyric:

    “Why must we go on hating / Why can’t we live in bliss?”

    Visit the Playing For Change website: playingforchange.com
    Learn more about Yusuf’s Peace Train charitable initiative: peacetrain.catstevens.com