~~November 4, 2022~~
Getting on the ‘peace train’, going for a ride … back in time, many, many moons ago!
I remember when this song came out … awesome times.
Who would have thought it would have the meaning it has now?
“Peace Train” – Yusuf/Cat Stevens’ timeless anthem of hope and unity – was originally released on the classic album Teaser and the Firecat in 1971 and was Stevens’ first US Top 10 hit, reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Legendary Singer-Songwriter, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and celebrated humanitarian Yusuf/Cat Stevens has teamed up with Playing For Change, the multimedia company responsible for the popular “Songs Around The World” video series garnering more than one billion total online views, to produce “Peace Train” around the world with more than 25 musicians from 12 countries.
Featured musicians include five-time GRAMMY Award-winning blues/americana artist Keb’ Mo’, GRAMMY nominated Senegalese artist Baaba Maal, and Silkroad’s Rhiannon Giddens, also a GRAMMY award winner.
The video was released today in honor of the International Day of Peace on September 21st and is available on Playing For Change’s YouTube Channel.
~~Published September 21, 2021~~
This Song Around The World version features more than 25 musicians from 12 countries and unites Yusuf/Cat Stevens, singing and playing a beautiful white piano in a tranquil open air setting in Istanbul, Turkey, with musicians such as five time Grammy Award winning blues/americana artist Keb’ Mo’; Grammy nominated Senegalese artist Baaba Maal; Silkroad’s Rhiannon Giddens—also a Grammy Award winner; Ghassan Birumi playing the oud in Ramallah, Palestine; musicians from the Silkroad Ensemble in Rhinebeck, New York; Pat Simmons (The Doobie Brothers) and James “Hutch” Hutchinson (bass player with Bonnie Raitt) performing in Maui, Hawaii; and bringing together conflict regions with Tushar Lall playing the harmonium in Delhi, India, and Joshua Amjad playing the Kartaal in Karachi, Pakistan.
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