Started April 29, 2021
Started April 29, 2021
Composer, singer and producer BB Smooth (also known as Bibi Provence) born the 24th of February 1963 in Willemstad Curacao, She began singing in the children’s choir of her father Etzel Provence (well known musician and educator) when she was only 4 years old, shortly after taking piano lessons and music lessons at the local music school named CCC situated in curacao. She also had her first musical in the pocket when she was 4 years old with the musical Bah September.
She took opera lessons for a year, from the guidance of renowned opera singer Bea van Acker in Belgium.
Studied three years professional music, at the wellknown conservatory Berklee College of music in the United States. And was featured in an American movie with the song “El Calle” from the movie picture “The brother from another planet”with actor Joe Morton musical arrangement by Frank London. Sadly her name was mispronounced as Birbetta Provence.
She performed, as a young girl, with one of world’s famous dutch harpists Phia Berkhout, singing a danza from Curacao titled “E Mariposa” at the Zohandy’s show at Radio Korsou fm Curacao.
Bibi Provence made her start in the antilles as being the first jazz singer from the Dutch Antilles, where she had the honor to perform in the first Aruba’s Jazz and Latin festival in 1988, and the first Curacao Jazz Festival.
She has performed at various big local festivals and venue’s on the island, including the CURINFEST (Curacao International festival) in 1986 where she won the title as best arranger with the song Smile that she had written and arranged herself. And was mentioned in the biggest magazine of the USA, Billboard magazine as being unique.
Bibi wins the 2nd price at the Barbados’ Caribbean Song Festival “in 1993 where she represented Curacao and Aruba, with the song Curacao.
Furthermore, Mrs. Provence had also received, for several years consecutively, the Galardon Vitrola (Grammy Award in Curacao) as being the best singer on the island.
She worked for three years on the Majestic Cruiseship “The Freewinds”, where she has had the honor to perform with grammy award winner Jazz Pianist Chick Corea and his children Thad Corea (drummer), Liana Corea (keyboards), and his wife Gayle Moran. Bibi Provence also performed with artists such as gold platinum singer Maxine Nightingale, David Pomeranz songwriter for Barry Manilow), jazz pianist John Novello, and ex-husband of Lisa Marie Presley, bassist Danny Keough, she was pretty honored when Lisa Marie Presley visited the Freewinds, Lisa and Danny aksed Bibi to become their personal driver to drive them to their favorite places on Curacao. She also performed with Surinam renowned piano player Sonny Khoeblal, American songwriter and guitarist Steven Gary, and Billy Jones.
In 1986 she released her first vinyl album entitled This time, produced by David Ronchi Matthew, which included original compositions of Bibi, and one of David Ronchi Matthew “I found me and angel”
Shortly thereafter, she was asked to write and arrange a song for Curacao’s best accapella group Serenada, she wrote the song Nada, a tumba ballad Bibi calls it where you can hear her jazz influence and the native rhythm of Curacao. The song was such a hit that Eric Calmes, Curacao finest bassist and director of the band Zamanakitoki, took the song Nada and recorded it on his CD “Wise guy” featuring Curacao’s finest singer, and songwriter Izaline Calister.
She was asked to collaborate on the track Esctasy and World confusion produced by Curacao local producers the Production Masters. It’s here is where she got the name BB Smooth.
She got her first recording contract with American guitarist and composer James “Jim” Kastner with the CD WaterSense produced by American’s producer Jeffrey Wood. which was published by Red Bullet in holland. The song Joy was five weeks consecutively number one on almost all local radio stations on curacao.
While she was in holland she got her first collab with singer songwriter Daisy D (known from This Beat is Technotronic), and worked with big dutch producers like Cooly D, Jan van derToorn, and Papa Bear , Daisy D’s brother, with the cd titled “The Daisy Project”.
Again Bibi was asked to sing the title song of an International Antillean movie Papa’s Song,
In1994 she got the guts to produce her own cd titled “Make up your mind“, sponsered by Nelson Farah alias Joe Black, featuring trumpetist Michael Simon, Percussion Arnell Salsbach, Keyboard Walter Wout , Drums Gili Braaf, Bass Clark Elisabeth , on saxophone Gabi Castillo, on trumpet Jesus Martines, Singer Boy Thode, Rapper “Oz” (Michael Eleonora), Raymond Meid on guitar, Jopi Nicolaas on guitar, and bassist Roy Louis.
Back in the Netherlands she expanded her carreer even more, there Bibi has performed in the bands, such as alternative band Yessireebop and reggae band Dreadless , where she co-wrote 4 songs Rastaman Love, African Children, Black Black and Wake up. The first 3 songs were featured on an album recorded by Dreadless. During her time in Dreadless she had the honor to sing backing for Jamaican legends such as Rod Taylor and Al Campbell.
She has performed on big stages like Beachpop Aalsmeer, Gebouw T at Bergen op Zoom, Helden in het park in Belgium, One love festival in Essex England, Dordrecht’s Wantijpop festival, Cannabis liberation day in Amsterdam, Rastaplas Zoetermeer, Jazz Festival Hilligersberg Rotterdam, Patronaat in Haarlem, and Irie Vibes Roots festival in Hanzame Belgium.
Year 2009, she had the honor to work with an exeptionally wonderful and talented musician Mr. Randy Winterdal from Curacao, where she was asked to sing his composition “Muziek di kokolishi solo i laman” from the c.d. “Alma de mi tera” by Randy Winterdal.
Artists Bibi Provence performed with are:
Ulrich de Jesus, Iwan van Hetten, Rudy Emerenciana, Eddie Conard, Eddie Samson, Gili Braaf, Franklin Rubiano, Clark Elisabeth, Ramon Penzo, Salsbach Jazz Trio, Brotherhood of Man, Mark Jansen, George Goede, The John Felter Dancers, Ramses Seinpaal, Rhounage, Angel Gittens and Winston Mac Cow, Farid Ali(MrGambus), Kew sin Sun, Anthony Thewet, Sebastian Schon, Elmer Louis, Roy Louis, Jopi Nicolaas, Thania Sanchez, Juliana Barrios, Ramon Valery N, Latonya Jackson, Orlando Parra, Carlyle Barriteau, Yuchi Cordoba, Krishno Penzo, Boy Thode, Jean Jacques Rojer, Jorge Carrizo, Anthony Plessas, John Nicholson, Joe Vincelli, Jan Akkerman, Herman Brood, Dave Dyson, Steve Hoeverts, Marlon Conradus, Tiko Gonzalez, Monchi Sosa, Jesus Martinez, Ismael Gonzalez, Carmen Mendez, Uti Gonzalez, Papa Everett Thomas, Hubert Martina, Gino Coelho, Grupo Kanto i protesta, and Gedion Chandler.
And the The Happy Peanuts, the craziest band on the island whom she performed with for 5 years!
Gedion Chandler, Hershel Rosario, Walter Wout, and the band Phase 2, under direction of Farley Lourens.
From 2012 until today Bibi has been collaborating with international dj’s such as:
Al Jerry and Deen Creed from Algeria. Syncterra from Albania. Steve Oseguera, and Chris Perry from the U.S.A. David Kane, Yanis Mild, Scott Parks, AronScott, Jerem A, Sonny Zamolo, Yan Garen, Mike Moor aka Lesamoor, Kristoff Tigren, Martin Alix, David Hoffman, Marc Tasio and Bruno Kauffman from France.
One french dj she was extremely honored to work with was Marc Tasio, he invited her to recorded the album “Feel so alive” in Marseille France. Where she co-wrote some of the tracks on the album, his music style was a perfect match with Bibi’s soulfull voice,
Daniele Cucinotta and Alessio Pellegrini, Angelo Draetta and Sandy Soul from Italy. Rohan Nunez aka Man Go Funk from Dubai.
Darko Kustura from Zadar Croatië, Anthony Provenzale and James Cordwell aka TwistedchiMP, Timmy Vegas and Groove Technicians from the Uk. Dj Tobias J. Kudlacek TJK from Germany. Dan Radziak aka Dan Price from Warsaw Poland. Chujo, Deep House Vandal, Audioligy, Inner Souls SA, Mok Jay, Spin Worx, Gruv Manics, Thato Kamiwa aka Deep Mayer, Deep Serenity from South Africa. Torbjorn MusicMag Petterson aka Thessla from Sweden, Roland Bartha aka MR. Klein from Traiskirchen Austria. Luis Montanez aka Dj Dantino from Cullera Spain. she performed withItchy Lemon from Portugal 2 times at the ADE festival in Amsterdam in 2017 & 2016.
And it doesn’t stop, the dj’s are so enthousiastic about her voice that Dj’s pop up out from everywhere to want to collaborate with her.
Bibi has been performing almost every year at the world’s greatest dance event in amsterdam the ADE . She is even making remixes on tracks under the name BB Smooth. (the name she got from the Production Masters, and is now using it as her producers name)
2017 She performed at Holland’s got talent with a remix she made of Alicia Keys Fallin’ she received 4 yesses, but she was not chosen to go to the finals. It was a great experience, especially to hear such wonderful comments from the jury.
Never in her life did she ever dreamed of working in the house/ trance/ techno/ dance scene, and loving it every minute of the day.
Now she is heading in another direction, and that is her roots. Last year October 2019 she got to know a young talent classical piano player Gavin Offerman on her way home, while passing thru Den Haag Centraal Station. A classical piano player from Curacao, who had a dream to bring back old children songs from Curacao, and put them in a classical jacket. Bibi wanted to do this a while back too, but got discouraged, and decided to leave it for another time. But that day when she met him on that station, was the blessing she was waiting for. People are incredibly enthousiastic, and they have performed 3 times allready. Another dream of Bibi has come true. Right now Bibi and Gavin are working hard on an album. Here you can listen to their latest performances click on the you tube link .