BY BILLY SUTER
THE British singer-songwriter who had hits with Can’t Keep It In, Morning Has Broken and Peace Train is to embark on his first South African tour – and will be at Durban’s ICC Arena at 8pm on Wednesday, November 15.
He is, of course, Cat Stevens, now aged 69, who converted to Islam in 1977 and took the name Yusuf Islam.
He will perform at 8pm on November 9 at GrandWest in Cape Town, then at 8pm on November 12 at the new Sun Arena at Pretoria’s Time Square, Menlyn Maine. The last South African performance will be in Durban.
Stevens’s 1967 debut album reached the top 10 in the UK, and the album’s title song, Matthew and Son, reached No 2 on the UK singles chart. He then released the albums Tea For the Tillerman (1970) and Teaser and the Firecat (1971) which were both certified triple platinum in the US, according to Wikipedia.
Stevens’s 1972 album, Catch Bull at Four, spent three weeks at No 1 on the Billboard 200 and 15 weeks at No 1 in the Aussie charts, the site adds.
Subsequent hits have included The First Cut is the Deepest, Father and Son, Moonshadow and Wide World.
A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, his upcoming Peace Train Tour is set to mark the 50th anniversary of his first hit single and debut album, Matthew & Son.
Tickets for the tour, which will see the artist performing old favourites as well as new songs from his latest album, range in price from R450 to R1 200.
Tickets were to have gone on sale at Computicket at 9am on Thursday, July 27, but there has now been a scheduling problem. The tour organisers have apologised and announced that the opening of booking will be announced as soon as possible.