Yusuf Islam, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, has released charity single ‘He Was Alone’ in aid of his refugee charity Small Kindness.
It’s followed on June 14 by a Yusuf gig at London’s Westminster Central Hall.
Yusuf has enlisted the support of many celebrities to back the ‘He Was Alone’ awareness hashtag, #YouAreNotAlone. These include Kim Kardashian West, New Order, Pete Townshend, Blondie, Ricky Gervais, Sean Penn, Naomi Campbell, Queen, Miley Cyrus, Sheryl Crow, Emma Thompson, Ben Elton, Gary Kemp, Jude Law, Naomie Harris, Omid Djalili, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kris Jenner.
Yusuf said: “While the world faces incomprehensible numbers and statistics created by the refugee crisis, the tragedy and story of a single soul gets missed. It was difficult to stand by just watching this tragedy without trying to do something. I simply decided to help humanise the narrative and lend my voice to the call for keeping hearts and doors open to every refugee, especially youngsters, who have lost what future they might have once hoped for. “
Born Steven Georgiou in London, under his alias Cat Stevens he released 11 albums from 1965-78 including the Top 10 releases ‘Matthew And Son’, ‘Teaser And The Firecat’, ‘Catch Bull At Four’ and ‘Foreigner’ and ‘Buddha And The Chocolate Box’.
Following his conversion to Islam, Yusuf retreated from music for 27 years before releasing new album ‘An Other Cup’ in 2006. He has since released two further albums, ‘Roadsinger’ and ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’.