Get your groove on with FUNKSHY at Hideaway this Thursday

Drummer, producer and founder of NRR Music Tansay Omar brings his live project FUNKSHY back for another groove-heavy evening at Hideaway. The band features some of London’s finest musicians, aided by the stunning vocals of Debbralee Wells and the powerful soul voice of Derane (Living Sounds).

Following their 2013 release Made in London, Tansay and his talented band have been back in the studio recording tracks for new album A London Rhythm. The 11 songs are stamped with FUNKSHY’s trademark multi-layered sound of Funk, Dub, World, Reggae, and Soul: it’s chilled out soul with a funky skip, a peppering of blues, Eastern and reggae influences that’s gorgeous to listen to and perfect to get your groove on.

We’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on a preview copy and it’s been on repeat at the T-VINE office ever since. Standout tracks include album opener Destiny, One Lover, and instrumental Timepeace.

On Thursday night, a 6-piece FUNKSHY will be getting the Streatham massive working up a sweat at Hideaway. Band leader Tansay told T-VINE fans can expect a taster of what’s on the new album, along with older favourites.

Line up: Debbralee Wells – Vocals, Living Sounds (Derane) – Vocals and Guitar, Tansay Omar – Drums, Dan Lipman – Sax and Flute, Emanuel Kofi – Bass, and Christopher Lane – Guitar.

About Tansay, Debrralee and Derane

Debbralee Wells’s vocals wow at the T-VINE Xmas Party, Dec 2013. Photo: David James

Of Turkish Cypriot origin, drummer/producer Tansay Omar has worked with internationally renowned artists such as Bjork, Boy George, Jackie Graham, Gwen McCrae, Lisa Stansfield, Galliano, D*Note, Roots Manuva, and Smoke City to name but a few.

He set up his own label NRR Music in 2004 whose debut release was Panoramic Vision of Rhythm by the World Rhythm Poets. For the last three years, Tansay has played and recorded with artists such as Lokkhi Terra, Victor Menace and Djanan Turan. He is influenced by a wide palette of music that emerges in the music he plays and produces.

Debbralee Wells, vocals: a passionate singer with a stunning voice and great stage presence. After training at the Cockpit Youth Theatre and studying Musical Theatre at City Lit., she has gone on to appear in major productions including Cinderella, Fame the Musical (UK Tour), Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (UK Tour), as well as numerous prime time TV shows.

Singer songwriter Derane, also known as Living Sound, is one of London’s finest Funk Soul Gospel and African influenced vocalists. He also promotes, comperes, and is a frontman of his own successful jam nights around London.

Event details


Date: Thursday 22 September 2016

Venue: Hideaway, 2 Empire Mews, Stanthorpe Road, Streatham, London SW16 2BF

Times: doors open 7pm, Funkshy is live at 9pm

Admission: £10 online or on the door

Tickets: a limited number of discounted tickets priced £7.50 are available here.