In the 1980s, Bibie enjoyed dazzling success. But after his hit All gently, the artist was unable to sing for many years.
She cradled a whole generation. In the 1980s, Bibie left her native Ghana to try her luck in Europe. First in London for Paris, where she settled for love. In 1984 indeed, thShe fell in love with Guy Gluck, Warner’s head of records for Africa. After having crossed paths with the composer Jean-Paul Dréau, the singer had success with the hit All gently. “I knew it by heart but I had difficulties with the text. I went back to Jean-Paul to record a demo. In two takes, the song was in a box”she confided in the columns of the Figarothis Tuesday, July 13. Very quickly, Bibie’s career could have taken on another dimension since its title had been around the world. But it was without counting on his companion at the time.
For ten years, he prevented her from pursuing her career. “I became more and more reserved, as Guy became aggressive”, remembered Bibie with our colleagues. According to her, the head of Warner was sickly jealous. “He was afraid of losing me. I was too afraid to confide in anyone, but I was going through real mental torture, she confided. Finally, I decided to leave him in 1990. I had to preserve myself and protect my son. After that, everything went downhill.” What is she talking about? The tragedies that took place in the manor house in the Aisne that she had bought with the money earned thanks to Very gently. In just a few years, the building has been the victim of three fires. “Following this tragedy, I was unable to sing for 10 years”, explained Bibie, who disappeared from circulation.
Bibie: “I took care of myself by taking care of others”
“I have the feeling that my career has not been what it could have been. Some African singers like Salif Keïta or Angélique Kidjo explained to me that I had opened doors for them. It’s a consolation. But I dream one day of presenting a show just for me”, added Bibie, who regrets not having continued his career. Passionate about music, the singer left France where she had too many bad memories to return to Ghana a few years ago. There, she put her vocal talents at the service of others since she gives singing lessons but also stage lessons and vocal therapies. “I healed myself by healing others”summarizes Bibie with the Figaro. In recent years, Bibie has participated in several tours of the stars of the 1990s. A way for her to rebuild herself.