Saturday, September 30, 2006

Yusuf Islam returns to music

Yusuf Islam formerly known as Cat Stevens with wife Faezia at the "Adopt A Minefield" Benefit Gala at Swissotel Neuss in Dusseldorf, Germany. (05/30/2005). Photo Credit: Splash News

Yusuf Islam has given a comeback live performance at the launch of The Fortune Forum Club in London on September 26.

The singer-songwriter, who was influential in the folk rock movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s, has played for an audience that includes former US president Bill Clinton, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson as well as the famous acting couple, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The Fortune Forum club raises money for global poverty.

Yusuf later said that he would never have agreed to the gig if Bill Clinton was not involved. He had quit the music industry two years after he embraced Islam in 1977.

"Bill Clinton is one of the good things we miss about America. I remember being little and dreaming of the things this world offers. I promised myself if I got them I was going to give back," Contactmusic quoted him as saying.

On his return to the music world, the world's most famous convert to Islam said in a press release, “I feel right about making music and singing about life in this fragile world again.”

He will release his first pop music album in 28 years in November this year.

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