Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bebi Philip’s real name is N’guessan Bebi Philippe Amessan. Philip, who is also known as Koro Bebi or BBP, was born on May 18, 1988, in Treichville , Abidjan in the Lagunes region of Ivory Coast, West Africa. Also a composer, musical arranger and television personality, he was born to a Christian family. At the age of four, his musician father encouraged him and he joined the church orchestra as the guitarist. Some time after that he joined his father’s band where he learned to write hymns. Later, he went on to attend the School of Artistic Education (LEA) in 2003.
After graduating, Philip was soon working as a musical arranger. His mentor at the time was sound engineer Freddy Assogbah. Assogbah was a significant figure in the Ivory Coast and African music industry. They worked together from 2004 to 2007. It was then that Philip joined the band Akwaba Groove. He opened his own recording studio in 2008. He garnered a prolific reputation as a record producer. Some of his earliest work include DJ Mix’s first single “Bobaraba”. He has also produced tracks for such other artists as DJ Arafat, Serge Beynaud, Francky Dicaprio, DJ Eloh, Kedjevara, Kerozen, Debordo Leekunfa, DJ Leo, DJ Lewis, Molare, Koffi Olomide, and JC Pluriel Vetcho Lolas. Philip put out his unofficial debut disc, a single titled “Swinguita”, in 2009 and was not the sensation he had hoped it would be, but has since gained some popularity.
His signature sound as a solo artist is a musical mashup of multiple genres including Afropop, “coupé-shifted”, dance, pop, electronic music and world music. He released his first full-length studio album known as Joie de Vivre (in English Joy of Life or Joy of Living) in 2013 and it was a commercial success. The album includes such fan favorites as “It Explodes,” “Freedom is Bara,” and “Balaumba”. It was produced by Serge Beynaud, who also appears on the album. As per usual, Philip brought in live studio musicians to work on the CD. They played drums, “batteries”, synthesizers, guitar, and piano.
His professional resume is currently highlighted by multiple top singles, collaborations, and a studio album. His next release is tentatively titled My Style Zik and is still penciled in to hit the record racks later this year. In spite of all his new work, however, some critics believe Philip was at his best while working on his mix of the tune “Bobaraba”. Nevertheless, Philip’s recent record “Move Dadass” has become a certified hit across Africa.