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Olawale Ashimi (born on 9 May 1986), who performs under the stage name Brymo, is a Nigerian singer, composer, songwriter, performer and recording artist. He is a Goodwill Ambassador for The Lagos Chamber of Commerce And Industry along with musician 2face Idibia and actor Kunle Afolayan.
Brymo, son of a carpenter father and a petty trading mother, grew up in the neighbourhood of Okokomaiko in Lagos. 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. Pleased with his results, the young Olawale was inspired to pursue a career in music. Brymo's talent and unique voice were recognised by Chocolate City executives, and before long he was signed to the label. He featured on several tracks by other musicians, most notably Oleku by Ice Prince, the song gained enormous airplay and topped most charts across Africa; giving both artistes their first break.
On 18 September 2011 Brymo released his first single, "Ara", under the Chocolate City label. His follow up single, "Good Morning", was released on 16 April. The ballad went on to top major charts across Africa, was nominated twice for the “Song of The Year” awards.
Brymo released his second studio album titled #TheSonOfaKapenta in 2013. The album was released under Chocolate City Music imprint in 2012. His third studio album Merchants, Dealers & Slaves was released on October 20, 2013 and On 30th October, 2014 he released “Tabula Rasa”, his fourth studio album (his 2nd Independent album).
Brymo signed an international distribution deal with Oklahoma, USA-based record label, Tate Music Group. He released his first International album titled “Trance” under TMG. The album is a compilation of songs from M,D&S and Tabula Rasa albums and was released and distributed only in the United States.
“Klĭtôrĭs”, Brymo’s fifth studio album was released on the 9th of May, 2016. The album garnered instant acceptance and love from across the world.