Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Arabic speaker required to translate a Yusuf Islam track
Tonight's BBC Radio 4 Front Row interview with Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, was the sort of gushy interview that one would expect from the BBC when faced with an anti Imperialist Muslim 'artist'.
But one part struck me as rather odd. The interviewer, Samira Ahmed, asked about his reworking of "You are my sunshine", and made reference to the Arabic added in his version of this 'all American folk-song'.
Yusuf Islam says about his Malian group "They tried to mirror the words, you know, "You are my sunshine" but they did it in a slightly more personal way."
Then Samira Ahmed made a very odd little, what sounded to to me rather conspiratorial, giggle; as though she knew what the Arabic meant.
Maybe we should all know... Anybody speak Arabic and are willing to listen to some Yusuf Islam?