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YUSUF ISLAM AT HOUSE OF COMMONS ALBUM LAUNCH

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The world famous British Muslim Yusuf Islam (previously known as Cat Stevens) with other Bosnian artists will release a charity album 'I HAVE NO CANNONS THAT ROAR' at 11am on Monday March 16, House of Commons alongside guests of honour H.E. Muhamed Sacirbey, Special Envoy to the President of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Martin Bell MP and host Tony Baldry MP. This album is a tribute to the people of Bosnia and their courageous defence of their country, faith and culture.

Yusuf Islam said: "Dr Irfan Ljubijankic's sudden death in a helicopter attack was the catalyst which brought this album."

Dr. Irfan, who was then the acting Bosnian Foreign Minister, had written a song in Bosnian which, when translated, meant 'I HAVE NO CANNONS THAT ROAR' and recorded it himself on to a cassette presented to Yusuf in a chance meeting in London early in 1995. Dr Irfan had asked Yusuf to use this material to help support his country's struggle at the latter stages of the Bosnian war.

The release of the album, which features various Bosnian artists who sing songs from the Bosnia war period, follows on Yusuf Islam's widely reported appearance in Sarajevo in Novemeber 1997 where he headed an ambitious concert of spiritual music. He has also been presented with the Golden Rose of Peace award earlier this year in Sarajevo.

The album is a mix of the Eastern & Western musical styles which meet in Bosnia, a country that sits on the cultural fault-line of Europe. Yusuf Islam sings one a capella track on the album entitled 'The Little Ones' which is dedicated to the children killed in Sarajevo and Dunblane and his other contribution is the song entitled 'Mother, Father, Sister, Brother' which though newly penned by him is sung by the producer of the album Abd al-Lateef Whiteman (Dunblane anniversary date: 13th March 1996).

There will also be a public signing appearance by Yusuf Islam at the Sound & Vision department at Harrods, Knightsbridge from 3pm on 16 March 1998.

SOURCE Hearsay Communications Worldwide



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