Bibi Brew, the illustrious, humble, and ever modest Ghanaian diva, once again proves the value of her country Ghana and Africa by embarking on her European summer tour. During the weekend, she held 9000 white music fans spellbound with her preternatural and olympian display of showmanship.
Fans and music lovers showed their support for the singer by singing along and giving her a standing ovation during her live performance on French television. The performance took place in the oldest French theatre, Antique d’Orange, a 2,000-year-old Antique, Ancient Roman Empire Theatre designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by Emperor Augustus and is also the best preserved theatre in Europe.
Bibie rose to international prominence after her song “Tout Doucement” became a smash hit, selling over a million copies and establishing her in French territories worldwide.
She was the first Ghanaian to sell over a million copies internationally and the first Ghanaian female musician to go international, with her fame extending to the world’s 275 million French-speaking people.
She paved the way for artists such as Angelique Kidjo. Sony Music, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group are the world’s three major record labels. Bibie is the only Ghanaian to have been signed to all of these labels during her long and successful career. In the 1980s, she was signed to CBS/Sony Music, and in the early 2000s, she was signed to Universal Music Group.
She is a household name in France and has had an impact on the French music scene. Bibie Brew was born and raised in Ghana by diplomat parents. She has traveled all over the world, always identifying as a Ghanaian. A patriotic citizen who returned to Ghana to share her knowledge and expertise by establishing the New Morning Arts Cafe, which has developed and mentored many talented young people.
Interestingly, the apothegm “a prophet is not without honor except in his own country” is clearly at work in her story. Ghanaians, gatekeepers in the entertainment industry, and others have completely sidelined, understated, underestimated, and downplayed the accomplishments of this great child of the land.
Has this woman been honored in any way, shape, or form? Nigerians have celebrated, honored, and accepted her as their own. In 2019, she received the Music In Africa Honorary Award from the South African-based Music In Africa Foundation.
Why can’t we honor our heroes? Why do we dismiss those who bring us good repute?
As a result, Ghanaian youth are becoming less patriotic, and this attitude can be traced back to factors such as our cancerous and unfortunate habit of not honoring our heroes. As a country, we can do better. Ghana will live forever.
Please watch the video of the first show for her tour this summer.
By Dumenu Charles Selorm