I’ve had to forgive and let go of the past – Brymo speaks on Chocolate City and new music

by Chinwe Okafor


Soon-to-be dad, Ashimi ‘Brymo’ Olawale in a brand new interview with Punch talks about his music, absence from the scene and his new baby.

Read below excerpts from the interview:

Why is your latest album titled Tabula Rasa?

On his Album- Tabula Rasa: Tabula Rasa is a Latin word and it means ‘Blank Slate’. I wanted to change my mindset and reapply everything I know. It also applies to the mind of a newborn and I am expecting a child. Basically, it represents new beginnings for me on many fronts. After my ordeals as a music maker, I have had to forgive and let go of the past so the future can grow. Tabula Rasa is the ultimate kick off for great success for Brymo and its brand.

On former label- Chocolate City: Due to issues that occurred in the past, there’s a little gap in that relationship, but that’s alright. Eventually all things will fall back to place. Our paths constantly cross since we are in the same business, so it doesn’t take long before you start laughing again. Personally I have learnt to be more careful, so I am a little slow to jumping back into old friendships.

[I would] Never [return to Chocolate City], but we could have dealings again though. There are no permanent friends or foes in business.

The [earlier] tweets were to show appreciation to people I have worked with in the past. I have reconciled all that happened in the past. It has always been their call to also move on.

I neither miss nor regret anything. We had a business relationship that didn’t work out. That’s alright because it happens all the time in the world of business.

On his Type of Music: My music is called Fusion. It comprises all of my influences, especially the stories I choose to tell in my songs. I believe that music is one of the most effective avenues to educate people, and it’s all a waste if an artiste cannot inform with it even as we strive to gather wealth from it. I never broke away from any genre; I have always experimented with them all.

On If not music: I don’t know. On a second thought, maybe I would have been a politician. I have my reservations about that sector because here in Nigeria, everyone wants to play rough and have their way at all cost. I’ll stick with music.

On fatherhood: It feels exciting and I can’t wait to lay my eyes on the little one. The excitement is skyscraper high.

A child is a product of love not of marriage. Marriage was made for men to get assistance from women and vice-versa, but society has bastardised the concept. I would rather pay attention to loving the woman I am with than seek the approval of society about it.

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