Yusuf Islam Presents…

LONDON, March 22, 2005 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – Yusuf Islam, previously British pop star Cat Stevens who embraced Islam 30 years ago, released a new record on Tueday, March 22, in aid of tsunami-orphaned children in the Indonesian province of Aceh.

â??The tsunami disaster has changed the world in an extraordinary way and it requires an extraordinary response from everyone,â? said the 56-year-old Muslim activist, who sold 50 million records in the 1970s with hits such as Matthew and Son, Peace Train and Wild World, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

The â??Indian Oceanâ? will be available only as a download from yusufislam.org.uk.

â??I started writing it on holiday a year ago,â? Islam said on his Web site. â??Then I was moved to finish it by the tragedy of the tsunami.â?

The song was recorded in London with Indian composer/producer A.R. Rahman, A-ha keyboard player Magne Furuholmen and Travis drummer Neil Primrose.

Islamâ??s own charity, Small Kindness, set up a regional office in Indonesia and will work on projects â??to keep families togetherâ? by helping orphans in the predominantly-Muslim Aceh.

â??We try to find other family members who would look after the orphans and then keep the family together in that way and then pay them subsistence every month,â? Islam added.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, earlier said that the number of people dead or missing after the December 26 tsunami had went up to some 236,000 people.

The government estimated that 35,000 children have been made homeless, orphaned or separated from their parents in Aceh, where Muslims make up 98 percent of the population.

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