Following the recent release of A Kind Revolution, Paul Weller continues to push himself creatively and has recorded a brand new, thought-provoking track entitled “Mother Ethiopia,” which consists of three parts.
“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.
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]
The English translation of the lyrics to Part 3 are as follows:
Mother Ethiopia Part 3 (No Tribe No Colour) [feat. Krar Collective]
Insensitive cruel people, you drove the world into chaos.
Suffering, lacking peace, divided by tribe and colour,
full of greed and ego, people loved themselves selfishly.
Where are we heading?
We are divided;
are we lower than animals,
have we arrived at this: chasing and fighting each other?
A world full of wickedness and immorality,
many have left their homes,
with no sign of return.
The past should be forgotten,
where chasing and bleeding
have become the order of the day.
We lift our hands to seek the intervention of the almighty.
Stop hatred and enmity once and for all,
let’s live in harmony and unity without tribe or colour.
As previously announced, a limited edition 7″ single of “Woo Sé Mama” from A Kind Revolution will be released on August 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 show at Watford Colosseum, here.
Don’t Miss Paul Weller on Tour in the U.S. this fall:
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