Funny, Brymo must be the only man with a Klitoris.
When Olawale ‘Brymo’ Olofo’ro announced the release of his fifth studio album titled Klitoris, a follow up to the master piece that was his last album Tabula Rasa, fans went gaga with excitement having waited a long time for a new body of work.
Brymo, known for his husky voice and his play on words especially in his mother tongue Yoruba, did not fail to deliver in Klitoris. Klitoris, spelt with a K but nonetheless named after the mother of all nerve endings was meant to bring immense sensual pleasure to listeners and the singer did not fail to do that. He stayed true to himself and used a lot of percussions laced with that husky voice that is his trademark.
Klitoris is an extended love song.
In Naked featuring Esse, the mother of his child, Brymo went deep into his soul and when he closed the song with your ‘’…love I don’t deserve it/ take all I have please/ love me/leave me naked,’’ you have no doubt what he is craving for.
Brymo continued preaching this gospel of love in Ko saya mi and you don’t even have to understand Yoruba to feel what Brymo is singing about. It is there in the way he sings the words, with his voice smooth like dark warm chocolate.
Happy memories still riffs on love as he reminisces on happy moments shrouded in love.
In Alajo Shomolu which is fast turning into my favourite song off this album, Brymo calls up the spirit of the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti. At first listen, I had to check to make sure that I was still listening to Brymo? The beats and introduction to this song are nothing short of brilliant. I dey sing e song o,/e dey sweet like sugar/oya dance roll your waist/I go from grace to grass/ back to grass to grace/ life na roller ahhh…
Who else sings about the waist and life in one verse?
And in Mirage Brymo waxes philosophical as he reflects on life backed by piano keys and strings.
On the highway of life, I see reflections from a distance/see them walking on water/ the closer I get the faster it fades away.
Still musing on his life, he talks about why he sings in Billion Naira Dream, and while this song sounds somewhat different from the usual Brymo sound, he didn’t fail to pass his message across.
I am telling stories/in the song I sing/ searching for glory in the life I live/ to help me feel the future that I see/ to make come true a billion naira dream.
But what is love and life and poetry without reality? This singer has never shied away from the politics of Nigeria. He is known to be quite vocal about issues and in Dem dey go, he proffers a maybe solution to Nigeria.
He starts off with a story ‘Once upon a time/some people come together’ before going on explain how these people took a chance, made an pact but then started fighting.
‘they plan took a chance/made agreement between one another/dem dey go/ dem they fight, dem dey quarrel/dem dey go.
Our story teller then gives them a solution, if you can’t stay together, everyone should go their separate ways.
‘I tell them if dem no want stay make dem go their separate ways.’
There, he said it.
In a country like Nigeria where light on content and meaning music is the order of the day, Brymo has managed to remain relevant without the support of a major record label, and that is no easy feat.
Klitoris is an excellent album on all levels, Brymo poured out his soul on this one and we are pleased. But what is it they say about artists who put out a master piece early in their career? Can anything touch Tabula Rasa? If there is an album to justify Olamide’s famous Headies statement, Tabula Rasa is that album, every track was indeed a hit back to back.