Brymo’s management has cleared the air regarding the controversies surrounding the use of a piece of artwork in his 2020 album – Yellow – by the singer without due credit to its creator.
Samuel Olowomeye is the artist behind Brymo’s ‘Yellow’ album cover. He expressed his frustrations over not getting credited for his work for the singer.
Samuel took to his Twitter page to call out the singer and his management for not crediting his work for the album. ” I JUST WANT MY WORK PROPERLY ACKNOWLEDGED!,I am not asking for too much. It doesn’t have to come to this but I’m left with no other option” He wrote on Twitter
Responding to his claims on Twitter, Brymo’s Management, The Bail Music Company, also clarified in a statement on Twitter how the singer got hold of the art work in question and that Brymo has already gotten permission to use it, the statement reads:
“The Bail Music Company wants to thank Mr Samuel Olowomeye for bringing to our attention his grievances in respect of his art piece used as the album cover for Brymo’s ‘Yellow’ album. The organisers of the Art Night event had invited Brymo to perform during the event on February 15, 2020.
As part of the deal, the organisers offered Brymo payment AND a complimentary art piece to be created during the event. Mr Samuel Olowomeue’s art piece ‘Insight and Frustrations’ caught Brymo’s attention because it had a connection to what he had envisioned for his latest album ‘Yellow’.
The art piece was presented as a gift to Brymo at the end of his performance at the Art Night event. In further appreciation of Mr Samuel Olowomeye’s creativity, Brymo requested via email to have the soft copy of the art piece to be used as the album cover for ‘Yellow’. At no point during this documented correspondence was there an offer of, or a request for payment.
Neither was any assurance of increased followership on social media given. As is appropriate when a gift is given, due appreciation must be expressed. Brymo publicly thanked Mr Samuel Olowomeye for the gift of the artwork through an Instagram post on March 14, 2020 – and duly tagged him to the said post.
Brymo has no dealings with auctioning or the process behind same for this art piece. We believe that this is a matter that should have been directed to, and resolved with the organisers of the Art Night event. It thus comes as an unpleasant shock to us that, while Brymo expressly asked for the soft copy of the art piece, at no point did Mr Olowomeye make any actual request on his own accord – except for being tagged which Brymo subsequently did.
As talent managers, we fully understand and appreciate the importance of intellectual property rights.We remain open to having a conversation with Mr Samuel Olowomeye to clarify any other grievances
he might have.”