&associates is the musical idea and brainchild of New York-based Sean Thomas. Drawing the breadth of his inspiration for these musical works from the African Diaspora, Thomas had a imaginative and prescient to create a mission embodying custom, tradition, and neighborhood culminating within the coining of &associates.
By means of a journey fueled by ardour, willpower, and drive, Thomas got down to foster significant connections – first together with his greatest buddy and music producer, Michael Scheinker, in addition to with creators all around the continent of Africa. By means of a thoughtfully produced and artfully composed compilation of works, &associates is ready to make an influence on the music neighborhood via a holistic, multifaceted method; and additional the mission that sound unites us all from each nook of the globe.
“My greatest ardour: curating containers, areas, evoking emotion and experiences via sound. There’s nothing I would like extra in life than to attach with the surprising, to fall deeply into curiosity and freedom of expression” – &associates
At this time, &associates makes its debut with Afro-Home single, “Gbagbe e” ft. Oluwadamvic, which interprets to “Let Go,” “Overlook it” in West African native language Yoruba, launched on Thomas’s newly minted Hidden Arms label. It’s straightforward to listen to the guts and soul that Thomas poured into this single, alongside vocalist Oluwadamvic, who collectively appear to convey out the perfect in one another. From the earthy melodies to thumping, hypnotic groove, “Gbagbe e” is a track you can depend on standing the check of time.
Exacting on the mission’s mission to provide again to and amplify the voices of a world neighborhood, 10% of proceeds from streaming royalties amassed throughout &associates releases will likely be donated to Uganda-based charitable basis Masaka Children Africana. Empowering native cultures and giving again to the houses of the voices his music celebrates, &associates intention goes past the music it releases.