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“Booties SHaken, SOULS Stirred.”

We set out in 2016 to unite the local community with that of the world. Through the work of our ambassadors, Estonian Funk Embassy seeks to find common language in music related to funk, soul, disco, latin and jazz. Our means on this mission have been a weekly show on the national broadcast station Raadio 2. We’ve also been doing concerts and DJ parties with local and international acts in Tallinna and Tartu. Booking services are provided for the acts shown on the artist section. More thorough PR, merch production and general management services are currently provided to Rita Ray and Silky Steps. Since 2017, we’ve been active as an imprint that releases music on vinyl and digitally. The imprint received the accolade for the Record Label of the Year at the 2020 and 2023 Estonian Music Industry Awards, Manager of the Year at 2021 edition, Company of the Year in 2022.

Meet the crew:

Name: Henrik Ehte
Role: Ambassador of Funk
Funktion: Founder
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Name: Mattis Kirsipuu
Role: Chief of Financial Affairs
Funktion: Master of calculus as well as drums
Name: Matis Oolup aka Skidoo
Role: Web wiz, DJ, beatmaker
Funktion: Maker of the website
Name: Ingvar “Indo” Kassuk
Role: Minister of Funk Embassy Records
Funktion: Running the record label affairs
Name: Grete-Liis Ritari
Role: Assistant
Funktion: Assisting the ambassador on day-to-day affairs
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Name: August Skjoldby
Role: Promoter
Funktion: If you come to a concert, he produced and promoted it!
Name: Roma Vjazemski
Role: Co-host, DJ, beatmaker
Funktion: Selector of high order
Name: Ako Lehemets
Role: Chief of Visual Content
Funktion: Captures the groove

General overview of past & present Estonian acts, initiatives, radio shows that have funk-soul-disco either in the middle of their core or at least on the periphery:

  1. Current live acts from Estonia: Lexsoul Dancemachine, Rita Ray, Doktor Normal, Ashilevi, The Motown Sound, Joshua Stephenz, Afro Tallinn Beat Orchestra, Estrada Orchestra, Siro Fax, Siim Aimla Funk Band, Sofia Rubina, Anett Kulbin, Arg Part, Josmarine, Gram-of-Fun, Ike Rann, Seltskond Pargis and more.
  2. Past live acts (some still active): Smoke’n’Smile, Teravik, Collage, Uku Kuut, Gunnar Graps & Magnetic Band, Uno Naissoo, Tõnu Naissoo, Raivo Tammik, Jaan Kuman, Els Himma, Marju Kuut, Tõnis Mägi & Music Seif, Valter Ojakäär, Tarmo ja Toomas Urb, Velly Joonas, Elektra, Heidy Tamme, Ele ja Kaja Kõlar, Tornaado, Monitor, Radar, Fix, Psycho, Mobile and more.
  3. Studio projects: Misha Panfilov Sound Combo, Fruit Express, Dead End Boogie, Penza Penza, Hanz Mumbo & his Cigarettes, Weizenberg Group and more.
  4. Producers: Misha Panfilov, Maryn E. Coote, Martin Laksberg & Robert Linna (Solid Gold Sound), Ruutu Poiss, Ranon, Rando Arand, Photoindustries, Sander Mölder, Dr. Philgood, Kalm, Skidoo, Wisbeat and more.
  5. DJs: Some can be found in the Artist -> DJ section.
  6. Community Facebook group: Soul Funk Disco Eesti.
  7. Party series in Estonia: Gulf & Sagadi discos, Öömaja, Must Mesi, Tiks, Soulimelomaanid, Jive Turkey, Mojo Estonia, Disco Tallinn, One Night in Bangkok, Jazzitup, Helind, Kalamari Unioon, Disco Obscura, Nothing But Net, Soulmate and more.
  8. Radio shows: Love Raadio, Jazzitup, Soulmate, Rhythm Doctor, Must Mesi, Frotee, Hedonic Italic, Estonian Funk Embassy, Kink Konk, Ottimo FM, Öömaja, Psühhodisko, Zubrovka FM and more.
  9. Record Labels: Frotee Records, RR Gems Records, Umblu, Funk Embassy Records, Tiks Records, Rets Records, Hyper Records, Sad Fun and more.