Yusuf/Cat Stevens has shared a new music video for his reimagined take on “Where Do The Children Play?” which was released late last month and acts as the lead single for his forthcoming reissue of 1970’s Tea for the Tillerman to celebrate the hit album’s 50th anniversary this year.
Created in the form of stop-motion animation, the video for the classic folk-rock tune showcases Yusuf’s 2020 update on the song featured on the original album. Directed by Chris Hopewell, the beautifully-animated video highlights a dismal world that’s been overcome with trash and abandoned cities due to environmental pollution.
“The song has a strong environmental message, so we wanted to make a video that mirrored that,” Hopewell added with the video’s arrival over the weekend. “We decided to make the props and scenery from recycled materials wherever possible to minimize the production impact on the environment. We did a beach clean in South Wales to gather plastic debris and used it to make the ocean you see in the video.”
Watch the new video for “Where Do The Children Play?” below.
Yusuf / Cat Stevens – “Where Do The Children Play?”
[Video: Yusuf/Cat Stevens]
As Yusuf noted with last month’s album announcement, “When some people have lost the spiritual link to their lives, music can play an important part. So from that point of view, I think that the sentiments from the album are incredibly important to us today. It shows that there are human beings still around. That’s important.”
Click here to pre-order Tea for the Tillerman 2 ahead of the album’s arrival on September 18th via UMe.
[H/T Rolling Stone]