See “Where do the children play?” By Yusuf / Cat Stevens. Stop-motion video

Yusuf / Cat Stevens re-recorded their iconic 1970 LP Tea for the Plowman in honor of its 50th anniversary. It’s coming out on September 18, but he just released a video for his new version of “Where Do the Kids Play?” “

The video, which uses stop-motion animation, shows two children living in a world destroyed by pollution and corporate greed. “The song has a strong environmental message, so we wanted to make a video that reflects that,” director Chris Hopewell said in a statement. “We have decided to make the props and decorations from recycled materials wherever possible in order to minimize the impact of production on the environment. We cleaned up a beach in South Wales to collect plastic debris and used it to create the ocean you see in the video.

“Our sea scenes were made of plastic waste washed up on our coasts,” he continues. “All decors and virtually all props were made from recycled, reused and recycled materials. I would say 90% of what you see on screen was made from recycled materials, even the grandstand that the sets are built on were recycled scaffold boards and painted backdrops with paints from a store. local charity. All the materials used were then reused or recycled once the video was completed. It was a bit longer than usual, but fun!

The new version of Tea for the Tillerman, who Yusuf / Cat Stevens nicknamed Tea for Tillerman², was recorded extensively in the south of France with original producer Paul Samwell-Smith and original guitarist Alun Davies. Some songs stay close to classic arrangements, while others take unexpected new directions. The new “Wild World”, for example, now has a waltz-like sound and rapper Brother Ali has added a part to “Longer Boats”.

“And I got to sing a duet with myself after 50 years, which is amazing,” said Yusuf / Cat Stevens. Rolling stone in May. “In ‘Father and Son,’ the son’s voice was taken from a recording of me in 1970 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. And now here I am at 70 singing with myself when I was about 22. It’s incredible. It’s virtual reality for you.

He had originally planned to play the album directly on tour this year, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made that impossible. He hopes to start the tour next year.

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