Today (December 5), Yusuf / Cat Stevens hosted a virtual event called ‘CatSong Festival’, which saw famous fans covering classic Stevens tracks.
The special live YouTube broadcast celebrated the 50th anniversary of Stevens’ 1970 albums ‘Tea For The Tillerman’ and ‘Mona Bone Jakon’ and saw the likes of HAIM, Brandon Boyd of Incubus, Jack Johnson, James Morrison, Passenger and many more performing songs from across Stevens’ discography.
“It’s great to see and hear these covers of my songs given new life,” Stevens said of the event in a statement upon its announce.
“There’s no better honour for a songwriter than to have his songs performed by talented musicians with such love and sincerity. Thank you.”
Watch the full ‘CatSong Festival’ broadcast back below.
In September, Yusuf / Cat Stevens released a new reimagining of his original 1970 song ‘Father And Son’.
This new version of ‘Father And Son’ featured on the artist’s recently released album ‘Tea for the Tillerman²’.
Reviewing the updated version of the 1970 album, NME wrote: “Not just a charming – and no doubt quite fun – thing for Stevens to busy himself with, it’s also a powerful way to track the passing of time.”