YUSUF / CAT STEVENS RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN”
FROM THE NEW UK TOP 5 ALBUM TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN2 - LISTEN HERE
01 JANUARY 2021 (TORONTO, ON) - Yusuf / Cat Stevens has shared a new music video for "Tea for the Tillerman" in a poignant message of hope and optimism for 2021. Watch Here.
The new video arrives following a 2020 that saw spectacular celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Cat Stevens’ classic era-defining album, ‘Tea for the Tillerman’. Re-imagined, the newly recorded ‘Tea for the Tillerman²’ saw Yusuf recast the same 11 songs for a new age with dramatic results, debuting at #4 in the UK albums chart, marking Yusuf’s ninth UK top 10 album and highest charting studio release in over 40 years.
Described as “a statement of intent, as pertinent today as it was when it came out in 1970” by British GQ, "more prescient than ever" by The Times, and "stunning, a perfect bookend to his spiritual journey" by The Sun, the album is a loving tribute to the original recordings, and truly demonstrates how these songs are allegories for both ours and all times.
The new music video for ‘Tea for the Tillerman²’ bookends a series of striking new visual collaborations. ‘Where Do The Children Play?’ saw Yusuf and acclaimed director Chris Hopewell, with Black Dog Films, exploring the possibilities of waste free music video production, with 90% of props and scenery made from recycled materials. The brilliantly eccentric ‘Wild World’ combined elements of Wes Anderson, Casablanca and Bugsy Malone as child actors played out a Blackjack gambling duel. ‘On The Road To Find Out’s journey of self discovery recalled sci-fi classics such as Star Wars, Dune and even Mad Max, with an added touch of magic realism, and ‘Father & Son’ saw a stunning stop-frame animation, again partnering with Chris Hopewell, relocating the narrative into a modern, emotive suburban setting.
Following the widely acclaimed release of ‘Tea for the Tillerman²’, December 2020 saw the 50th anniversary celebrations continue. Released only seven months apart in 1970, the two albums that first established Cat Stevens as his generation’s premier acoustic troubadour, then lifted him to international superstardom, ‘Mona Bone Jakon’ and ‘Tea for the Tillerman’ received Super Deluxe Collector’s Edition anniversary box set releases. Described as “joyously overwhelming" by Record Collector, and Uncut Magazine confirming that “half a century on, the naked intimacy of the songs still sounds fresh and alluring", each are filled with unheard studio material, unreleased tracks, and a host of other rarities from this era.
A virtual festival celebrating the music of Yusuf / Cat Stevens closely followed. Over 40 artists including Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, HAIM, Feist, James Morrison, Brandon Boyd of Incubus, Passenger, as well as a host of rising talent, performed songs from across Yusuf’s entire catalogue, broadcast live to thousands of fans in an evening truly representative of the unity and spirit of inclusion that is an essential aspect of Yusuf’s perennial message of peace. Watch here.