There’s no gainsaying the fact that the Nigerian music scene is still recovering from the positive shock it suffered on account of the release of Brymo’s critically-acclaimed sixth studio album, “Oṣó”.
One of the more remarkable things about the album however is that not one artiste was featured by Brymo on the impressive 11 track body of work.
Brymo however explained his decision not to feature any artiste on “Oṣó” during a recent interview with BBC Yoruba.
According to the prolific singer, who stated that working with artistes who don’t talk about the same issues as him is difficult, the only artiste he can collaborate with is the France based Nigerian songstress Asa.
Brymo, speaking in Yoruba language, had the following to say:
“I have spoken to Asa’s handlers. What remains is to set it up.
“She is the one person who I can collaborate. What she talks about — love, social issues, everyday issues — are things that matter to me.
“I had important things to talk about. It is hard to bring someone who doesn’t know my thought process to collaborate on such a song.
“Many of my colleagues collaborate because of positioning. There is so much politics involved in collaboration so I chose to sing alone.
I have collaborated in the past but I was not satisfied with the outcome.”
Speaking further, Brymo seized the opportunity to react to the criticisms that have so far trailed his semi-nude appearance in the still trending video for “Heya!”, the album’s lead single.
“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.”
“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.”