Cat Stevens – also known as Yusuf – will be presented with lifetime achievement honour at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and he will perform at the ceremony at the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) in Cardiff.
Stevens, 66, had a string of hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s including Morning Has Broken, Moonshadow and Matthew And Son. He converted to Islam in 1977, took the name Yusuf Islam, and gave up performing and sold his guitars for charity
Stevens returned to music nine years ago and has produced three new albums and started touring.
This is the same Cat Stevens who supported the fatwa to kill Salman Rushdie when “The Satanic Verses” was published and won the Booker Prize. This is the same man who allegedly donated funds to Islamic terrorist organisations.
See him condemn himself at this discussion.
The two academic institutions in the UK might like to reflect on the awards they made to him not very longs ago:-
2005: Honorary doctorate by the University of Gloucestershire for services to education and humanitarian relief.
2007: Honorary doctorate (LLD) by the University of Exeter, in recognition of “his humanitarian work and improving understanding between Islamic and Western cultures”.
So, the question is, what the hell is the BBC doing making an award to the proponent of a mans murder?