THE ROLLING TEMPLE OF FINNISH FOREST FUNK
Eternal Erection has been keeping it up since 1994 with a funky blend of soul, groove and pop- funk. Now Rick Lover and his fellow stiffeners are spreading liberating grooves beyond our forests to where you’re at.
”We’ve always made people dance and move, even induced trance. We’ve cured depression, healed the infirm and put the funk back into the sex lives of many couples.”
With six globally released albums, Eternal Erection has played from Brighton to Berlin and from Cuba to Russia. It’s a tight seven-piece for wild club performances that even got Conan O’Brien grooving when they greeted him at the Helsinki airport on his arrival to Finland. For bigger venues the band expands with more brass and the funkadarlings, our fabulous Fabulettes. We also love to have guests like Mike Monroe, formerly Hanoi Rocks, who enjoy playing and singing funk because we have fun. We are especially proud of warming up the crowds for George Clinton P-Funk Allstars gigs.
”I think Eternal Erection are a great funk band. Their live shows are more like an event as opposed to just a gig and that’s what show business is really all about. Not only are they excellent entertainment but they also play some serious Funk with good taste and possess a wicked groove. It`s an area which I visit now and then for refreshment outside of my usual Rock`n Roll surroundings and I have had the pleasure of guesting on several Eternal E shows, jamming on a few of our all time favourite songs. They’ve been great shows and I’ve always had a great time”.
Finnish forest dwellers have struggled for millennia through the bitter cold and eternal darkness of winter. So a hot, bright, colourful, noisy, shiny, wild get-together, with groovy people dancing ass to ass, shifts depression like a leaf blower and brings the sparkle back into the eyes of love. That is how Finnish Forest Funk emerged. Eternal Erection is the master of this genre.
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Aiyekooto & Afrobeat International
Nigerian born afrobeat musician, composer, arranger and lead singer Babatunde Akerele aka Aiyekooto formed Aiyekooto Afrobeat International upon moving to Finland in mid 2000s. Co-led with guitarist and recording artist Seppo ”Paarma” Salmi, a band full of talented musicians soon started performing. They were awarded as Band of the Year in the 2007 local Funky Awards. Later, they got to perform together live with the legendary drummer Tony Allen. Aiyekooto’s first album Olurombi was released in Finland September 2013 on Suomen Musiikki. It is, in Aiyekooto’s own words: ”Afrobeat at its peak!”
NOL – No One´s Land
NOL is a Finnish-Serbian-German-Karelian band of which music has influences from the Balkan area, which is a crossroad of different cultures of the world. NOL’s music is a mixture of Balkan traditional and gypsy music with Finnish-Karelian contemporary folk music. Mainly composed by the singer Karoliina Kantelinen. One can hear “folky-funky-reggae-progressive-blues-bluegrass-Eastern-sounds” in the interpretations of the band. The energetic NOL’s temperament will make people dance, enjoy and feel.
All the musicians have different musical backgrounds and that is the richness of NOL. Their soloist Karoliina Kantelinen is an esteemed folk music artist and she has performed all over the world both as a soloist, and with different groups such as the Finland’s most known world music band Värttinä.