Nigerian contemporary singer, Olawale Ashimi, aka Brymo, broke the internet earlier in the week when he released a video for his song, Heya. In the video, singer could be seen naked playing a grand piano in a public environment.
According to the singer, he decided to be naked to tells Nigerians that they are still uncivilized.
In a chat with Sunday Scoop, the singer shed light on why he took that step.
“The song is an expression of my environment. I like to paint as much as I can and I think that most of us are bush people, even though we live in cities. The video portrayed a bush man living in the city. If you look around, you wouldn’t see much evidence of civilisation. We did not create most of the things that we use in this country and that’s not good. We need to think, he stated.”
It was widely believed that the singer pulled a publicity stunt by appearing naked in the video to get the attention of the people, but in his reaction Brymo stated that:
“Even if it’s a publicity stunt, is there anything wrong with that? Singers spend a lot of time and energy in the studio. So is there anything absurd in them drawing some attention to their songs?”
On whether he feels underrated in the country, he said:
“No, I am not. People are used to a system and if you want to change them, you have to do it slowly. My albums are doing well and we found that most people, who download my music are in Europe and America. Right now, I have no complaints.”
Dismissing claims that he doesn’t perform at top concerts in the industry anymore, Brymo said:
“I only perform at top shows. Just this week, I have had two events. I will also be performing today (Sunday) as well. Generally, I get a lot of love in Africa, and as for the people who say they haven’t seen me perform on big stages lately, they are most likely looking in the wrong places.
As much as I’m looking at having an international career, Africa will always be my root. I was once signed to an American company, EGM, and I released an album with them but things didn’t go as planned and we went our separate ways.”