Thursday, August 24, 2017

Paul Weller delves into world music on new track

Following the recent release of his internationally acclaimed album A Kind Revolution, Paul Weller has recorded a brand new track entitled "Mother Ethiopia," which consists of three parts.

Click here to pre-order Mother Ethiopia.

"Mother Ethiopia" sees Weller exploring new musical avenues and this release takes a very different sonic direction from the sound of his latest album.

"Part 1" enlists the help of modern soul band, Stone Foundation - Weller has been a fan of theirs for some time, producing and appearing on their latest album Street Rituals, which was also released earlier this year.

Alongside the collaboration with Stone Foundation, there are two alternate versions of "Mother Ethiopia" - one with Bongo Bob, and the other a vocal version featuring London-based Ethiopian 3-piece Krar Collective with the lead vocals (in Amharic) by Krar's Genet Assefa.

The track is available to download/stream now, with a limited edition 12" vinyl available Sept. 29. Listen to Part 3 here.

Mother Ethiopia track-listing:

1. Mother Ethiopia Part 1 (Paul Weller Vs. Stone Foundation)
2. Mother Ethiopia Part 2 (feat. Bongo Bob)
3. Mother Ethiopia Part 3 (No Tribe No Colour) [feat. Krar Collective]

As previously announced, a limited edition 7" single of "Woo Sé Mama" from A Kind Revolution will be released on Aug. 25. The single B-side is a cover of Eddie Floyd's "I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)," which was recorded live at Black Barn Studios during rehearsals for a recent radio session. Watch the video of a live version of "Woo Sé Mama," which was shot at Paul's recent sold out show at Watford Colosseum, here.

Tour dates:

Oct 1 Huntington, NY The Paramount
Oct 2 NYC Irving Plaza
Oct 3 NYC Irving Plaza
Oct 4 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
Oct 6 Boston, MA House Of Blues
Oct 7 Washington DC Lincoln Theatre
Oct 8 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
Oct 10 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
Oct 11 Detroit, MI St. Andrew's Hall
Oct 12 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
Oct 13 Minneapolis, MN Pantages Theatre
Oct 16 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Oct 17 Vancouver BC Commodore Ballroom
Oct 18 Seattle, WA The Neptune Theatre
Oct 20 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
Oct 21 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre
Oct 22 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Oct 24 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
Oct 25 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
Oct 27 Los Angeles CA The Wiltern Theatre

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