London, March 8 (AP): Yusuf Islam — the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens — has raided his back catalogue to speak out against war with Iraq.
Islam, who renounced his music career after becoming a Muslim in the late 1970s, has recorded two songs to express opposition to a US-led war.
One, Angel of War, reworks Stevens’ melancholy love song Lady D’Arbanville. The other is a re-recording of his 1970s staple Peace Train.
In a statement posted on his website, Islam said he wanted “to reclaim this anthem of my evolutionary Cat Stevens period.
“As a member of humanity and as a Muslim, this is my contribution to the call for a peaceful solution to the dangerous path some world leaders today seem to be taking,” he said.
Born Stephen Georgiou in London, Stevens had a string of hits in the Sixties and Seventies, including Wild World, Morning Has Broken and Peace Train.
Islam helped set up Britain’s first state-funded Muslim school and runs several Islamic charities.
Since his conversion he has rarely performed or recorded secular material.