WHILE present generations continue to drawing inspiration from the best efforts of those that have come before them, perhaps the most welcome revival of an era has been that of Sharon Jones and her delicious concoction of American soul and funk.

Evoking the classic sounds of soul and funk music as it was at its height in the late 1960s to mid-1970s, Jones hits The Circus on Thursday 22 May, with her nine-piece backing band, The Dap-Kings, in tow.

AS the nature of employment continually evolves, an exhibition at Amos Anderson Art Museum is taking a closer look at the complexities of our relationship with working in Finland.

So, is work a labour of love, or is it forced labour? The idea for many years has been that years of hard work is its own reward – but is it really? Here, 31 artists present some 70 paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and video art, as well as an installation; all offering their own perspective.

HELSINKI and Tampere are both hosting a gypsy party in May, when the infectious energy of Gogol Bordello takes to the stage for a duo of performances.

Every Bordello show is an exercise in dispensing every last drop of energy, as this nine-piece ensemble whips audiences around the globe into a frenzy of dancing with their winning blend of gypsy folk, reggae, hip-hop and punk rock.

TAKING audiences on a colourful journey from the creation of afrobeat to the present day, Afrobeat from the Heart is being staged at Helsinki’s KokoTeatteri from 23 April-13 May. And what better person to guide a path through history than Nigerian musician, composer, politician and human rights activist Fela Kuti – the focus of this new production.

INCREASINGLY, as the music industry shifts its focus to the live circuit in order to combat tumbling album sales, bands and artists are turning to performing some of their best-known albums in the live setting. Everyone from Metallica, to Roger Waters and the Pixies have indulged their fan base with note perfect renditions of their back catalogue.