‘I can only work with Asa says Brymo

Written by Ayomide

Olawale ‘Brymo’ Ashimi did not feature any guest artiste on his sixth studio album.

This led to speculations and conjectures by fans and music pundits.

He commented on this matter in an interview with BBC Yoruba on Tuesday.

Brymo said in the interview it is difficult to work with artistes who don’t talk about the same issues as him.


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The ‘Entropy’ vocalist said Bukola ‘Asa’ Elemide, a France-based Nigerian artist, is the main artiste he can work together with.

Talking in the Yoruba dialect, he stated: “I have addressed Asa’s handlers. What remains is to set it up.

“She is the one individual who I can work together. What she discusses — adore, social issues, regular issues — are things that issue to me.

“I had vital things to discuss. It is difficult to bring somebody who doesn’t know my point of view to team up on such a melody.

“A large number of my partners work together in view of situating. There is so much governmental issues engaged with joint effort so I sang alone. I have teamed up before yet I was not happy with the result.”


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Brymo said most artistes collaborate not because of music but rather, for the sake of advancement.

He also noted that most veteran indigenous musicians often “sing alone”.

If you look at it well, many people like KSA, KWAM 1, Ayinde Barrister and other indigenous musicians hardly collaborate,” he said.

“Abroad too, people like Adele, Coldplay and Bruno Mars record albums alone.”

The singer reacted to the criticisms that trailed his semi-nude appearance in the video for ‘Heya’, the lead single of the ‘Oso’ album.

He said:

The video is for people to see that were backward and need to change.

“I was not happy that people said I did something wrong. It means people have forgotten where we came from.”

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I am a bush man, still living in a world made possible by the West. I, like other Africans, are just existing and not responsible for technological advancements and innovations.

“We have not contributed to the world. We don’t solve problems or create solutions.”

On recording thought-provoking songs, Brymo said he believes that “if everyone thinks [critically] in Nigeria, the country will be better”.

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