Hip Hop Award Best Recording of the Year 2012 recipient, Chocolate City flagship vocalist and guitar maestro, Brymo, no doubt has been endowed with a unique talent that was bound to create a niche for him in the Nigerian Music Industry but he will tell you the journey was not a walk in the park. The road, though an upward slope was full of rough terraces.
He released ‘shawdy’ under the label Bujoc Records in 2007 after his group Alien disbanded. The single had a video to compliment it and also ushered in the album ‘Brymstone.’ The video of ‘shawdy’ by Brymo enjoyed so much air play that it peaked at number 2 on the MTV Base Africa top 10 countdown. It also got a nomination on Soundcity Music Video Award 2009 but having no support to sustain the work he had established, it was not too long before the fire started turning into a flicker. Brymo was however undeterred as he kept performing in shows, featuring on other artistes’ work and making appearances, building on the little platform he had been able to create.
One can still hear Brymo’s R ‘n’ B feel on his new songs, a genre which he had picked up when he and 3 of his friends formed the group, Alien. With a mid tone, husky voice and ever bright smile with which he told the world “ara nbe ti mo fe da” (meaning what you saw is just the tip of the ice berg); Brymo has become Nigeria’s foremost hook master turning virtually every song he has featured on into a hit in the like of the American Hip Hop Soul singer – the late Nate Dogg. The endless list include, ‘Oleku’ by Ice-Prince (which was a “double-monster hit”), Playbuoy ‘Ma wo be,’ 2shotz ‘Attention,’ Oyinkansola ‘Love Wantintin,’ M.I ‘Action Film.’
Although all these songs where hits including his own single ‘Ara,’ Brymo has defiled the rule which says “don’t fix it if it’s not broken” by given us more subtle tunes as opposed to the upbeat order of the Nigerian Music Industry. Surprisingly, the Ara crooner still retains his title as Nigeria’s hook master.
So is Brymo truly the son of a carpenter?
“My dad is a carpenter” Brymo said during an interview with a magazine.
Ashimi Olawale AKA Brymo was born in 1986 and grew up in the neighbourhood of Okokomaiko. Though times were tough, his parents saw that he received a primary education at Aganju Aka Primary School between the years 1990 to 1997. Between 1997 and 2003, he attended Ajangbadi High School, the local public middle school. In 1999, while still attending high school, Brymo wrote his first song at aged 14.
After his visit to the studio in 2004 for the first time, he loved the feeling he got and decided to take his music more seriously. He recorded his first single in 2005 titled ‘I Like ‘m Girls.’ The single fetched him a record deal with Bujoc Records where he released ‘Shawty.’ Brymo’s music career was quiet for close to 2 years but instead of pursuing other ventures, the young lad took guitar and keyboard lessons to the disdain of his father who is always reminding him about the family’s struggle and the need for him to find a lucrative venture.
While he was sharpening his skills, M.I who saw the video of ‘Shawty’ put a call to him through Denrele and few week later, he was signed on to Chocolate City where M.I has become an executive. The hit which featured Brymo and re-introduced him to the Nigerian Music scene – ‘Oleku’ by Ice-Prince was so massive that it got him the hook master tag and also made him one of the most featured Nigerian artistes.
While Nigerians were still reeling off the impact of ‘Oleku,’ he dropped the smashing hit single ‘Ara,’ both the audio and the video. He has since followed up with subsequent singles which include ‘Good Morning,’ ‘We All Need Something’ and ‘Go Hard,’ the single that ushered in Brymo’s sophomore album: #TheSonOfAKapenta dropping today the 15th of November 2012.
Some of Brymo’s performances include Nigerian Idols show 2012, Ovation RED 2011, Rhythm Unplugged 2011, The Headies Awards 2011, Hennessy Artistry V.I.P Night 2011, Big Brother Africa Winner Welcome Party 2011, Glo Rock & Rule Tour 2011, M12 Album Launch (O2 Arena London) 2011, Silverbird 30th anniversary 2010. He also won the Headies Recording of the Year Award for the song ‘Ara’ and has been nominated in several awards.