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March : March 23.
Yusuf records a message of support for the London Concert for Peace held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Artists from Opera, Theatre, Ballet, Comedy and Music, plus journalists and writers, contribute their thoughts and talents to the evening’s proceedings.
April : April 21.
Yusuf re-records his classic song, Peace Train, for War Child’s ‘Hope’ CD which goes on sale today. The project aims to raise Â£1million to help injured and orphaned children of Iraq.
June : June.
Digitally re-mastered ‘Footsteps in the Dark’ released.
June : June 13.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (on behalf of Yusuf Islam) and EMI Music Publishing (Flaming Lips) reach an agreement over the single ‘Fight Test’ and its close resemblance to the Cat Stevens classic, ‘Father and Son’. Royalties from the sale of ‘Fight Test’ are to be divided between both parties.
June : June 27.
The Sun newspaper prints a correction of a false and defamatory article on Yusuf. The newspaper also agrees to make a donation to a charity of Yusuf’s choice.
August : August.
Along with colleagues from the International Board of Educational Research and Resources, Yusuf travels to Chicago to participate in the 40th Annual ISNA Convention.
September : September.
Scottish folk rock band, Travis, release new single, ‘Re-Offender’, with a cover of ‘Don’t Be Shy’ on the B-side.
October : October.
Universal Music re-issue ‘The Very Best of Cat Stevens’ with a new bonus DVD featuring Promos, Teaser & The Firecat animation and performance footage previously unreleased from the Majikat tour.
October : October 20.
Yusuf Islam and friends perform at the ‘Night of Remembrance’ concert at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his highly successful Islamia Schools.
October : October 22.
Yusuf receives the ‘World Social Award’ in Germany from an International World Awards Jury for “dedicating his life to aiding the needy and the ill.”
November : November.
Rolling Stone magazine lists Tea for the Tillerman among its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
November : November 29.
Yusuf performs at Nelson Mandela’s 46664 AIDS benefit concert in South Africa. Tony Weaver, writing for the Independent Online describes Yusuf’s performance as one of “the defining musical moments of the nightâ€.