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Brymo: Biography And Songs Of A Renowned Nigerian Music Superstar

Brymo, also known as Olawale Ashimi, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, author, and recording artist. At a very young age, he started singing and made his first song recording. He has maintained his position as a leader in the music business ever since. He began performing music in 1999, while he was still a secondary school student. His love for music was so intense that he decided to put everything he had into becoming a professional musician.
 
On May 9, 1986, Olawale Ashimi was born in Okokomaiko, Lagos, Nigeria. His mother was an Egun trader, while his father was a carpenter. Prior to transferring to Japual Primary School, he attended Aganju Aka Primary School. He then transferred to Ajangbadi High School in Ajangbadi, Lagos, where he eventually earned his diploma in 2003. He then enrolled at Lagos State University, Ojo to study zoology, but dropped out after just two years to focus entirely on his music career.

Brymo Education and Early Career

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Brymo recorded his first song, “Future,” while he was still in high school. In 2002, he also started a band named “The Aliens,” but they couldn’t last because of a conflict that led to their breakup. In 2007, he released his debut studio album, which was titled “Brymstone,” and within two months of its publication, more than 2000 copies of the album had been sold. After appearing in Oleku, a smash song off of Ice Prince’s debut studio album, Everybody Loves Ice Prince, Brymo also attracted prominence.

Brymo’s first studio album, Brymstone, was released in 2007. The Son of a Kapenta, his second studio album, was released in 2012 and featured the hits “Ara,” “Good Morning,” and “Go Hard.” The 20th of October 2013 saw the release of his third studio album Merchants, Dealers & Slaves, which was preceded by the singles “Down” & “Eko” and received favorable reviews from music critics.

Brymo’s fourth studio album Tabula Rasa, which featured the delicate traditional ballad “Fe Mi,” was released in October 2014. Trance is an eight-track collection CD that Brymo released on December 8th, 2015. In 2015, he agreed to a global distribution agreement with Tate Music Group. Kltôrs, Brymo’s fifth studio album, was released on May 9, 2016. It has 11 songs, and the lead single “Happy Memories” came before it.

Brymo released his highly regarded sixth studio album, Oṣó, in March 2018. He published the self-referential fictional book Oriri’s Plight six months later. A.A.A is an alternative rock band that Brymo co-founded with three Skata Vibration members. Their self-titled debut EP was published in August 2019. Yellow, Brymo’s seventh studio album, was made available on April 1st, 2020.

Brymo was signed to “Chocolate City” by renowned rapper MI in 2010. He released his second project, “The Son of a Kapenta,” under his new label after being recommended by TV personality Denrele Edun. His label mates MI, Jesse Jagz, Ice Prince, and many others performed at the event. His second album’s outstanding songs included the blockbuster song “Ara,” which was created by Legendary Beatz, a former producer for Wizkid.

He signed a contract with Spinlet in August 2013 after departing Chocolate City in 2013 due to a lack of confidence with the record label’s management staff. His career has been really great, and he has a few standout songs that have graced the Nigerian music landscape. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the Nigerian and African music scenes, including MI, Jesse Jagz, Pryme, and Ice Prince, who saw him support their single “Oleku” and its significant influence on the music industry.

Brymo Studio Albums

The music of Brymo is a fusion of rock, pop, fuji, and R&B.   He claimed that because of its capacity to connect with listeners, his music is easily categorized as pop. The albums Tabula Rasa and Merchants, Dealers & Slaves by Brymo make comments on the socioeconomic unfairness and disorder that are prevalent in Nigerian society.

Brymo stated, “Although my songs reflect numerous concerns that are relevant in my community, I believe that human relations is the place where all issues develop,” in an interview with OkayAfrica in 2016. Michael Kolawole, a music critic, claimed that Brymo’s song contains “affirmations of deeply ingrained personal ideology, enigmatic and lovely lyrical poetry, as well as equations of balance.

In addition, Brymo released several studio albums as well as the 2015 compilation album Trance. In 2007, he issued his first studio album, Brymstone. Shawty, one of the album’s songs, attained some level of popularity. Within the first six months of its publication, he sold more than 2000 copies of the CD.

The Son Of A Kapenta

In 2012, he released another studio album titled “the son of a kapenta.” The album was produced by the Chocolate City record label, and Jesse Jagz, Pryse, M.I. Abaga, and Ice Prince had guest performances. Ara was produced by the Legendary Beatz, and the whole album was inspired by the carpenter work his father did for a living.  It was an expression of his vitality and a summary of his existence. He may be recognized as a lead artist rather than a featured performer thanks to the album. It was recorded in both Yoruba and English.

Merchants, Dealers and Slaves

Merchants, Dealers and Slaves, Brymo’s third studio album, was released on October 20, 2013. Mikky Me produced M,D&S, which included guitarist David as a guest. Down (2013) and Eko (2013) are two of the singles, and they received favorable reviews from the general public. The video was uploaded on September 30, 2013, to YouTube. Additionally, in 2014, Southern Illinois University Carbondale students who were working on a project dissected the lyrics, and the university invited Brymo to see the case study presentation.

Due to an interim injunction issued by Chocolate City against Brymo, prohibiting him from entering into any musical agreements outside of the label, only the digital download of the album was accessible at the time of release. The injunction was lifted and the physical copies were made available on March 26, 2014. Traditional pop, bluegrass, Latin rock, reggae, and afrobeat genres are all included on the album.

Tabula Rasa

The fourth studio album by Brymo is titled Blank Slate, which is Latin for “tabula rasa.” It was published as the follow-up to his prior album on October 30, 2014. The album’s single is mainly Fe Mi (2014). After hearing the judge use the phrase in his testimony in court, he gave the album the title tabula rasa. R&B, Afrobeat, and afro-soul genres are all included. The album garnered overwhelmingly favorable reviews, and many people referred to it as a classic.

Klĭtôrĭs 

Kltôrs, Brymo’s fifth studio album, was released. Key is the meaning of the Greek word kltôrs. On May 9, 2016, it was made available for pre-order on iTunes and released by the Bail Entertainment Company. It was produced by Mikky Me Joses. The lead track from the album is called Happy Memories (2016). Additionally, it received Headies Award nominations in 2016 and 2018. In conclusion, the record expresses love and the ambiguity of it.

Oso

On March 27, 2018, Brymo released his sixth studio album with the Yoruba name Oso, which translates to “wizard.” Mikky Me Joses produced Oso, which was published by Bail Entertainment Company with the singles Heya! (2018) and Ba’nuso (2018). In an article published by the newspapers 360 Nobs and Daily Trust, the album debuted as the best Nigerian album of 2018. In general, it combines Yoruba and alternative folk music with a touch of mysticism to reveal the singer’s folk and traditional roots.

Collaborations and Record Deals

Following a meeting with M.I Abaga through Denrele Edun in 2010, Brymo signed a deal with the Chocolate City record label. The agreement was, however, breached in 2013 as a result of numerous occurrences. Chocolate City sued Brymo for an interim injunction during the crisis. After recording the album M, D, and S, Brymo agreed to a distribution deal with Spinlet in 2014.

However, as Spinlet learned about the situation, this agreement was broken. The album was then released after the injunction was lifted in March 2014. Brymo started making music independently once the agreement with Chocolate City was terminated, and Bail Music Company has since taken over management of his music. He signed an international contract with BMG in 2014, although it was only valid for one year.

Interesting facts about Brymo:

1. Brymo received endorsement as a Lagos Chamber of Commerce ambassador with stars like 2baba, Kunle Afolayan, and Vector.

2. He signed a contract with the Chocolate City record label in 2010, and there he met M.I. Abaga via Denrele Edun. Unfortunately, a number of cases led to the contract’s downfall in 2013.

3. Brymo has written two books as well. The books “Verses” and “Oriri’s Plight” were written by him.

Brymo Net Worth

The estimated value of Brymo’s net worth is 3.5 million US dollars (Over 1 billion Naira). Brymo is one of the influential musicians in Nigeria acclaimed for his poetry and motivating music in the Nigerian music industry thanks to his endorsement and music career.

Adesola Adewumi
Adesola Adewumi
Adesola is a purpose-driven man, critical thinker, problem solver, inner peace seeker, nature addict, writer, and a good listener. As a content writer, he has written several published and unpublished articles, as well as life-changing masterpieces on various social media platforms and websites. Adesola as an ardent knowledge seeker seeks to maximize various opportunities to grow, develop, and become productive in his world.

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