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Yusuf Cat Stevens: Music has important social function of bringing us together

CapeTalk and Showtime Management, today announced that British singer-songwriting legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Yusuf Cat Stevens will tour South Africa for the first time this November.

The “Peace Train Tour” commemorates the 50th Anniversary of his first major hit single and debut album Matthew & Son released in 1967.

Yusuf Cat Stevens talks to CapeTalk's John Maytham about the socially conscious message that has been prevalent in his songs from an early age.

It could have been because I was born...just after the war, and perhaps it was all the visions of the war that had just happened and the 60 million people that had been killed.

Yusuf Cat Stevens

The Second World War had a big impact on him.

There was a feeling that we have got to get this world to a better place.

Yusuf Cat Stevens

And that need to make the world a better place has never left him.

And these are the messages we need to bring back very loud and clear these days.

Yusuf Cat Stevens

He says music is not just about a career and making money, but has a very important social function "bringing us together."

The concert tour includes a performance on Thursday 9 November at Grand West, Cape Town.

Stay tuned to find out when tickets go on sale.

Show Information Cape Town: Thursday, 09 November, GrandWest, 8pm

Bookings: Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or visit your nearest Computicket service centre.

Ticket prices: Cape Town: R1200, R1000 R850, R650, R450

Take a listen to the interview below:

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