Brymo (Biography)

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Olawale Olofo’ro (born 9 May 1986), who performs under the stage name Brymo, is a Nigerian recording artist and composer. He later decided to drop his last name “Ashimi” to adopt his great-grandfather’s name Olofo’ron instead.

He started his professional career in 2006 with the help of a local promoter in Okokomaiko, Lagos, signed to Chocolate City. from 2010 to 2013. He signed an International distribution deal with Tate Music Group in 2015. Brymo is most notable for his distinguished voice. He has also been likened to Aṣa, Fela, Tunji Oyelana, Beautiful Nubia and Fatai Rolling Dollar because majority of his songs are in the Yoruba language, and his constant revelation of emotions. Brymo is also known to be vocal about current happenings in Nigeria.

Early life
Olawale Olofo’ro was born in 1986 in the town of Ojo, Lagos State, the son of a carpenter father and a petty trading mother. He grew up in the neighbourhood of Okokomaiko in suburban Lagos He received a primary education at Aganju Aka Primary School between 1990 and 1997. Between 1997 and 2003, he attended Ajangbadi High School, the local public secondary school. He gained admission into Lagos State University to study zoology but had to drop out due to financial constraints. In 1999, when he was 14, Brymo wrote his first song and pleased with his results, the young Olawale was inspired to pursue a career in music. he is also known to have had interest in the sport of football , as a kid he used to play with his left leg and was considered special among his peers, but his dad preferred music , because music was more profitable at the time

Music career

In 2002, while still attending secondary school, Brymo formed a band called Aliens with three friends. Brymo played a major role in the group, mainly acting as the composer and songwriter. In a period of two years, Brymo wrote over 85 songs for the band, including their debut single. In 2005, the band broke up since it had not been particularly successful, and several of the members needed to return to their education.

Shortly after the disbanding of his group Aliens, Brymo moved into a solo career, recording his first single in 2005. Not signed to any record label, he sought out the assistance of a local talent spotter, who helped him record his debut album entitled Brymstone with Bujoc Records. In 2008 Brymo released a single entitled “Shawdy” along with a music video which peaked at number two on the MTV Base Africa top 10 countdown. The song peaked at number one on the Nigezee top 10. It was nominated for the Soundcity Music Video Awards.

2010-2013:TheSonOfaKapenta and Chocolate City departure
Brymo met Nigerian superstar rapper M.I in 2010. M.I was impressed with him and introduced him to fellow musicians Jesse Jagz and Ice Prince all from the Chocolate City recording label. Brymo’s talent and unique voice were recognised by Chocolate City, and before long he was signed to the label. He released an album with Chocolate City in 2012 called TheSonOfaKapenta before leaving the label in 2013. He has featured on several tracks by other musicians, most notably Oleku by Ice Prince. This hit single gained enormous airplay and topped most charts in Nigeria and Sudan.

Brymo released “Good Morning”, the second single of TheSonOfaKapenta on 16 April. The song rides on a slower tempo than that of “Ara”.

2013:Merchants, Dealers & Slaves
The album Merchants, Dealers & Slaves is the third studio album by Brymo, released 20 October 2013. “MD&S was written and recorded at a time when my aspirations were at cross roads in a battle against societal limitations and prejudice. My journey into self realization.” says Brymo. The album is darker and more reflective. On the surface it is the story of a village boy who leaves his town for the seducing bright lights of Lagos City. Merchants, Dealers & Slaves is about broken promises, deception, hypocrisy and unfaithfulness. The album received generally positive reviews from music critics like Darlington Peters who described The “new” Brymo as a “breath of fresh air”.The album ends with “Merchants, Dealers & Slaves” the title track and is a serenade on the fundamentals of human existence, freedom and love. The chorus to “Merchants, Dealers & Slaves” is an ironic view of Nigeria’s social strata.

2014:Tabula Rasa (The Gift)
On 30 October 2014 Brymo released his fourth studio album (his 2nd Independent album). The album hit the Number 1 spot on iTunes Nigeria Chat in less than 16 Hours of release. Tabula Rasa is critically acclaimed and rated as one of the best Africa albums ever.

On 8 December 2015, Tate Music Group announced the official release of Brymo’s first International album into the US market.

The album titled Trance is a medley of thoughts, based on the artist’s experiences. His attempt at describing life from his perspective. The album is heavily influenced by African folk and Western influences. The album contains a fusion of genre from the African folks to soul, pop and Afrobeat. Brymo draws inspiration from the legendary Fela Kuti, and Frank Sinatra.