This year the Funky Elephant Festival had various venues. A one-of-a-kind experience spectators could exploit in the 3D Shadow club. Finnish Risto Puurunen built a fascinating installation where with help of 3D Glasses people could discover for example butterflies in the room.
The Funky Elephant Festival was an event full of soul and funk as well as exotic music performances. In the Unity Haven venue, the Balkan Fever club makers introduced to an oriental soundscape, burlesque and belly dancing. Yilan Kabilesi is a Finnish belly dance trio.
Master of ceremonies at the main stage of the Funky Elephant Festival was no other than DJ Bunuel (aka Måns Strömberg). In the mid-seventies, he started as DJ and has been making programs for numerous radio stations. Also, he had a TV show presenting the Finnish Top40. In the nineties, he was one of the pioneers using the CD player as an instrument and has appeared in bands projects such as The Rasmus, RinneRadio, Linda Lampenius, Cool Sheiks, Lenni-Kalle Taipale, Giant Robot and much more. At this image, he is to introduce the British Soul legend, Omar.
Omar's gig in Helsinki was kicked off by his live band with soulful groovy vibes.
The Blassics play original funk with afrobeat elements. The band coming from Hämeenlinna in Finland perform probably the grooviest Ethiopian jazz-inspired music I've ever heard in my life. At this occasion, the seven-piece live band was part of a Funky Amigo event at the urban food district Teurastamo in Helsinki.
The Blassics, an Ethiopian-jazz inspired septet at Teurastamo, the urban food district.