Brymo’s seventh studio album ‘Yellow’ underway
Oleku crooner, Olawale Ashimi Ọlọfọrọ best known by his stage name Brymo is set to drop his eighth project and seventh studio album, Yellow next month, April 1. The award-winning singer via his social media pages — Instagram and Twitter — announced the album’s title and release date on Saturday, March 1.
Prior to unveiling the album title, the Klitoris singer described it as an “all-pop electronic album about love and survival” and asked his fans to suggest names for it, when he wrote, “Final vocals were laid for my new album ‘Yellow’ earlier today… album in stores on The 1st of April 2020…”
With final vocals laid for the album, this means the album is set for post-production procedure. The new project will be Brymo’s first album since the release of Oso (The Wizard) in 2018, and his first project since teamed up with three members of Skata Vibration to form A.A.A, an alternative rock band composed of himself, guitarist Jad Moukarim, drummer Adey Omotade, and bassist Laughter.
The band’s eponymous debut Extended Play (EP), a five-tracker was released on August 5, 2019. A fusion of African folk and psychedelic rock, the EP was recorded at Blackstar Studios in Ikoyi, Lagos, and was mixed and mastered by Mikky Me Joses.
Born Olawale Ashimi but better known by the stage name, Brymo, his music is a mixture of fuji, R&B, pop and rock. His albums Merchants, Dealers & Slaves and Tabula Rasa were hinged on the social injustice and chaos that are prevalent in the Nigerian society.
“Although my songs reflect many issues which are relevant in my society, I believe that human relations is the site where all issues emerge,” he once said in an interview.
The Son of Kapenta singer started recording music in 1999, and the title of his first song was Future, while in secondary school. In 2002, he and some of his friends formed a group called The Aliens. Between 2004 and 2005, the group had problems and disbanded in 2005.
Brymo gained admission to Lagos State University (LASU), where he studied zoology, but left after his second year to pursue a career in music. He released his debut studio album, Brymstone in 2007, and follow up with his second studio album titled The Son of a Kapenta, which he released in 2012. Three singles — Ara, Good Morning and Go Hard, supported the album.
Prior to the album release, he signed a record deal with Chocolate City in 2010 but was accused of breaching his contract with the label in 2013. His third studio album Merchants, Dealers & Slaves was released on October 20, 2013; it received positive reviews from music critics and was preceded by two singles— Down and Eko.
In October 2014, Brymo released his fourth studio album Tabula Rasa; its lead single Fe Mi was described as a soft traditional ballad. On December 8, 2015, he released an eight-track compilation album titled Trance.
He signed an international distribution deal with Tate Music Group in 2015, and released his fifth studio album Klĭtôrĭs on May 9, 2016. It comprises 11 tracks and was preceded by the lead single Happy Memories.
In March 2018, he released his critically acclaimed sixth studio album Oṣó (The Wizard). Six months later, he released the self-referential fictional novel Oriri’s Plight.