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Yusuf Cat Stevens says he ‘cheers King Charles from afar’

Yusuf Cat Stevens says he ‘cheers King Charles from afar’

Yusuf/Cat Stevens has said he “very respectfully” cheers the King “from afar” as he spoke about the title track of his new album ahead of taking to the stage for Glastonbury’s tea-time legends slot. The folk singer-songwriter, 74, released his 17th studio album titled ‘King Of A Land’ earlier this month.

Speaking on BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday ahead of making his debut on the Pyramid stage, he told presenters Kate Bottley and Jason Mohammad about the album’s title track of the same name: “It’s one of those moments where I had a lovely little riff on the guitar and then I found these words and it goes back actually, King Of A Land, it goes back to 1967 when I wrote another song called ‘I’m Gonna Be King’.

“So even there, I’m saying ‘I’m going to put things right,” he went on to say. “If I was king, I’ll put things right’, that childish, kind of boldness of wanting to change the world and make the world a better place.

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“That’s what the message is all about and I sent a message, of course, straight to King Charles. Very respectfully, I cheer him from afar.

“But he’s in a good position. If he could utilise it more and perhaps have a few more powers, I think he could do a good job. Yeah, that’s what leadership should be.”

‘King Of A Land’ is the singer’s first album since 2020’s ‘Tea For The Tillerman 2’, a reimagining of his hit 1970 record of the same name. Known for hits, which include ‘Moonshadow’, ‘Wild World’ and ‘Where Do The Children Play?’, the singer, who next month turns 75, follows in the footsteps of acts such as Diana Ross, Kylie Minogue and Shirley Bassey who have all filled the Glastonbury tea-time legends slot.

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  • June 25, 2023