&Friends is the musical idea and brainchild of the New Yorkers sean thomas. Thomas drew the breadth of his inspiration for these musical works from the African diaspora and had a imaginative and prescient to create a undertaking that embodies custom, tradition and group, culminating within the shaping of &Friends.
Through a journey fueled by ardour, willpower and drive, Thomas got down to forge significant connections – first along with his finest buddy and music producer, Michael Scheiker, in addition to with creators throughout the African continent. Through a fastidiously produced and artistically composed compilation of works, &Friends goals to affect the music group by a holistic, multi-faceted method; and promote the mission that unites us all from all elements of the world.
“My greatest passion: containers, curating spaces, evoking emotions and experiences through sound. There is nothing I desire more in life than to connect with the unexpected, to sink deep into curiosity and freedom of expression.” – &Friends
Today &associates makes its debut with the Afro home single “Gbagbe e” ft. Oluwadamvic, which implies “let go”, “forget it” within the West African mom tongue Yoruba and might be launched on Thomas’ newly based Hidden Hands label. It’s straightforward to listen to how a lot coronary heart and soul Thomas has put into this single, together with vocalist Oluwadamvic who collectively appear to carry out the very best in one another. From the earthy melodies to the pounding, hypnotic groove, “Gbagbe e” is a music you’ll be able to depend on.
Fulfilling the undertaking’s mission to return and amplify the voices of a world group, 10% of streaming royalties income amassed throughout &Friends Publications are donated to a Uganda-based charitable basis Masaka Kids Africana. By empowering native cultures and giving again to the hometowns of the voices his music celebrates, &buddy’s intent extends past the music he releases.