Anadolu Agency podcast welcomes British singer Yusuf Islam to Turkish capital


British singer Yusuf Islam, also known as Cat Stevens, was hosted at Anadolu Agency headquarters for an exclusive podcast.

He was welcomed on Sunday in Ankara, the Turkish capital, by Oguz Enis Peru, the agency’s deputy director, and Oguz Karakas, the agency’s project management coordinator.

During the podcast, the world-renowned artist talked about his first performance in Türkiye last week as part of the Turkish Culture Route Festival.

“I said, I will, Inshallah, one day I will play in Turkey. And so I wanted to keep that promise. And now, after my first concert, I feel very, very, very good and very relaxed,” he said. he declared.

He said the money raised from his concerts in Türkiye would be donated to Peace Train, an initiative of the Yusuf Islam Foundation, which helps feed people in need and spread peace around the world.

“Peace Train became an initiative that I tried to feed people because I base it on the word of the Prophet peace be upon him, feed people and spread peace, and how can you have peace if are you hungry?” he added.

Praising the steps taken by Türkiye since the 80s, he said: “I saw that it was an inspiration for me because we have a center in the UK, we are also trying to develop.

“We call it the Maqam center, based on where Ibrahim, you know, started building the Kaaba called Maqam Ibrahim and we want to make it a beautiful center and we were very inspired by the buildings that we saw in Turkey. We also have a Turkish architect to help us.

Moreover, Islam met his fans at CSO Ada Ankara.

He marked the 1960s and 1970s with his music. The singer converted to Islam in 1977, changing his name to Yusuf Islam.

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