Yusuf said: “While politicians bicker and scrum in the basement quarters, somebody upstairs should be watching where those political partygoers are taking us. Frankly, democracy needs a bit of dusting. One of the privileges of being an artist is to express what seems unimaginable, and then hang it up there for people to ponder; we can say things that others can’t.
“Sure, I know full well music can’t necessarily solve the world’s problems, but it can help to direct the narrative. There are a few aspirations in my song, King of a Land, that I hope resonate with His Majesty.”
The singer then shared his Manifesto for a Good King, which he intends to personally send to the new monarch in a handwritten letter around his Coronation. The 10 points, which you can read below, include calls by Yusuf for King Charles III to be just, peaceable, anti-hate, helpful to the poor and destitute and ultimately a servant of God. His King of a Land music video features illustrations by Peter H Reynolds as the pair tells the story of a small boy who imagines what he’d do if he were king of a land called Woodbee.
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