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The hottest names in the Finnish groovy music scene were awarded at Club Pressa in Helsinki on Saturday night during the 16th annual Funky Awards.
The artists sing and rap in their native tongue, but a speaker of any language can enjoy the flow, melody and, why not, practice their Finnish by getting hold of the lyrics.
Let’s take for example Yona, 31, who won the award for Album of the Year with Naivi (Naive).
Her album (fifth in a row) is a beautiful blend of slow, melodic pop tunes, with a jazzy twist. The songs make you want to crawl under the sheets with that special one.
The lyrics dig even deeper. Yona ponders on her past as a teenager, when she “naively” thought anything is possible. On her album, she tries to get some of that feeling back. And succeeds.
Paperi T received a prize for the Artist and Debut Album of the Year. The 29-year-old man is known for rocking sold-out clubs. Following the release of his first album Malarian pelko (Fear of Malaria) in 2015, he was featured as number one at the top of the official Finnish album charts.
His work features darker songs, with a carefully crafted flow of lyrics. One of his most popular songs is “Sä jätät jäljen (You Leave a Mark),” a tale of an ugly break-up accompanied with a grimy video.
For Paperi T, the awards were the first of his career.
“I haven’t received awards before. This gives me confidence,” he said to me at the backstage where he was quickly surrounded by three cheerful ladies. “Of course, it’s more important to me how fans react to my music and shows. But these awards feel good.”
[divider]The winners of 2016 Funky Awards[/divider]
Club of the Year: Afro Sunday
Club DJ of the Year: Dj GoodBlood
Music Video of the Year: Aivovuoto – Ai Wo Wu Show
Song of the Year: Asa feat. Anna Puu – Taulu
Newcomer of the Year: Biniyam
Debut Album of the Year: Paperi T: Malarian Pelko
Hiphop Album of the Year: Asa: Love
Album of the Year: Yona: Naivi
Band of the Year: Gasellit
Artist of the Year: Paperi T