Nampili Collection by AR The Brand That Makes a Difference.

“Nampili” is the name of the new collection by the stylist and designer Anderson Rodrigues.

Why did choose this name?

I named my collection Nampili because it means in the Mandjaco ethnic group “Badjuda’” (girl) It’s a tribute to my beloved mother who belongs to that ethnic group.

Where does the inspiration for this collection come from?

Inspiration came from the great black women; who in politics, cinema and the fashion industry fought hard for black women to be considered beautiful, too. And also fought to occupy their spaces in society and in major decision-making.

How was the whole creation process?

The process took 5 months until the final product.

What do you expect from this collection?

I hope this collection will be seen in every corner of the world, because I worked really hard to achieve the result that people are now seeing.

How is the audience reacting since the launch?

The public has given very positive feedback, it was what I wanted and thank God everything went well.

What materials did you use on the?

Nampili Collection 2020

The materials I used were the basic ones that we all use, fabrics with African prints and some western ones too — plus everything about my touches and my way.

Did you have support from any brand or someone for this collection?

I didn’t receive any financial support from anyone and no other brand. I was collecting small funds, buying the accessories little by little, the fabrics…everything was calmly planned and well thought out in every detail– but I always had moral support from my friends and also my uncle with whom I live.

Have you ever used our ‘pano de pinti’ in any of your collections?

Yes I’ve used our fabrics many times, my pieces were 90% made of ‘pano di pinti’. I just don’t do it now because it’s costly to bring the fabrics to London, but I do it, yes, a lot.

When did you start liking the fashion area?

I started to like fashion since high school. I always liked to be the different guy and always transformed my clothes so that I didn’t look like my classmates. After finishing high school, I went to study in Senegal and then I went to a modelling agency. Since than things have been flowing to this today.

Do you have any training in the field of fashion?

In Senegal I took an intensive fashion course for 3 months which I didn’t get to finish it because I had to go back to Guinea. But it is one of them ones, I had to go back to Guinea, however it is one of my goals now.

Do you have a family stylist?

I don’t have a stylist in my family or a tailor or anything like that.

If you weren’t a stylist what would you like to be?

If I weren’t a stylist, I would be a model or a dancer, because there are two other things that I also have a gift for.

Where can we find your clothing brand?

My brand can be purchased from me through my Facebook and Instagram.

How has the pandemic affected your life?

As I said before, this pandemic has changed the world and I am not left out. Since all my plans for this year have stood still, the bright side that seemed almost impossible to exist was the discovery of sewing — I had never done it before. And having more time to create, develop ideas, think well about life and my plans.

Have you ever done an International show?

I already participated in an international fashion show in Senegal in 2017, AEGBS fashion show.

What do you think about Guinean fashion?

Guinean fashion is evolving, I can say, frankly, but rather evolving. Because there are now many young people in the area of styling, as well as models, and people have already joined the fashion shows. Nowadays you do manage to have a full room at a Guinean fashion show; people do pay to attend fashion events.

Who inspires you in the fashion world? And outside of it who are your idols?

The people who inspire me in fashion are: Dina Adão, Umo Sy, Adama Paris, and my idol is Oliver.

How is Anderson Rodrigues out of fashion in everyday life?

Anderson Rodrigues out of fashion is a very nice young man, outgoing, I like to be with my friends, to talk, and to see some fashion contests. I like to cook and I love to dance.

Describe you in 3 words?

I am authentic, a dreamer and daring.

Indicate three qualities and three defects of yours?

Three qualities: kind, sincere and a good partner.
Three bad traits: impatient, anxious and lazy.

What is your biggest dream in fashion?

My biggest dream is to be an internationally known stylist, thus being able to take African culture, African fashion, African fabrics to the highest levels of fashion, breaking barriers, taboos and prejudice.

Written by: Cristina Fonseca

Translated by: Francisco Quijera

UN offers digital equipament to preserve Guinea-Bissau history

The National Institute of Studies and Research and the National Library Of Guinea-Bissau, the Guyanese Association of Documentalists, Archivists and Librarians presented new digital equipment offered by the UN to preserve the country’s history.


“With this equipment, we are committed to creating a digital library for Guinea-Bissau” stated Director General of the Iaguba Djaló Library.


Due to the 1998 and 1999 Civil War, most of the historical documents and archives of various public institutions were destroyed.
The recovery of this memory will be possible through digital equipment that will allow 120,000 documents, 3,000 photographic images, 8,000 films and 4,000 microfilms to be digitised.


Iaguba Djaló affirms that it is a difficult job to limit in time due to two aspects, first aspect the well-trained and motivated human resources, financial and transport means.


The second aspect is the preservation of documents due to the tropical climate with excessive and temperatures that can be harmful to organic matter.


It also suggests the rehabilitation of buildings so that the necessary conditions for the preservation of documents are created.

Written by: Cristina Lopes Da Fonseca

Source: Noticias ao Minuto

Diima releases his album “Korson Di Tambur” | Biography

Diima Dahaba is a producer, mix engineer and Bissau-Guinean singer-songwriter, CEO Founder of the music label Bissilon Sound located in Bissau

Press here to listen to the album

On 1st of June the artist Diima released his album “Korson Di Tambur” which has a lot of rhythm.
The album is already available on all digital platforms, contains 22 tracks and has the collaboration of several artists such as Eneida Marta, Cotche T, Werton, Charline Vaz, Vida Gomes, Klash, Patche di Rima among others.

The music video “June” with the international Models will be released this month (22nd June).

Diima is a very versatile singer, producer and sound engineer who is behind the success of several songs by national and international artists.

He came from a multicultural family. Diima spent his early childhood between Ukraine and Russia. He had his first contact with music when he was 4 years old being exposed to his father’s vast collection of Pop, Afrobeat, Jazz and Blues music.

Dima Dahaba

In 1998 with the Civil War of 7 June his family left Guinea-Bissau and moved to Dakar, Senegal, and later on moved to Ukraine and where he started taking the first steps as beatmaker on a Sony Playstation.

In 2000, with the end of the war and return to Guinea-Bissau, he founded his first rap group named “Barudjo Rap” q mixed Hip-Hop with African music.

In 2002 Diima moved to Brazil to study and in the same year he founded his second group of Hip-Hop / R & B called Sevenlox and had considerable success during the 15 years of activities. Having opened shows by Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Mr. Catra, Racionais MC’s and Marcelo D2 and collaborated with several artists from Brazil, Portugal, United States and Angola.

Since his arrival in Brazil, he has collaborated on stages and studios as a singer, composer, producer and audio engineer for national and international artists from different musical segments such as Da Guedes, Negra Li, Cabal, Don L, Quelynah, Cine, Leo da Baixada, Melon Woman, Angélico Vieira and Vokabulo have already counted on their productions, arrangements and mixes.

In 2016, he released his first solo EP “Vizon” independently, created in collaboration with the Brasillian producer Victor Reis which brings in its essence a fusion of R&B, Hip-Hop and African rhythms.

In 2018 Diima returned to Guinea-Bissau with the aim of founding a music label, to inspire and help to launch careers for young artists.
The label is currently working on upcoming releases.

Bissilon Sound Instagram

Written by: Pucurutcha Stella

Bandé-Gamboa: celebrates Bissau-Guinean and Cape Verdean Music

The Bandé-Gamboa project, which joins two intergenerational bands from Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, launches tomorrow, 12th June their debut album, seeking to captivate young Africans and Westerners.

It also has a book that accompanies the album, after 20 years of searching for African vinyls and CDs. Africans and Afrodescendants rarely buy records, so African culture is reduced to genres such as reggae, soul, funk or rock. Those who buy are limited to “old school.”

The publisher went ahead with the creation of two bands, one of Cape Verdean musicians and the other of Guinean musicians who live in Lisbon, to recreate old songs from the two countries, with different goals.

In the case of Guinea-Bissau, it tried to make “fresh and contemporary versions” of gumbé, a style little known outside the country and which was being recorded by many artists and with different ideas than usual.

In Cape Verde case, the versatility of funaná and its limits were tested, as it was known worldwide as opposed to gumbé.

There is a challenge to try to please the public on both continents.

Today, they will reissue in Guinea-Bissau the Super Mama Djombo, a band of rare records and very sought after in the West.

The album, which will be released on June 12 in physical and digital format, has six themes for each country, also paying tribute to Amílcar Cabral, co-founder of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde and one of the greatest symbols of struggle for the independence of the two countries.

The Guinea-Bissau band directed by Juvenal Cabral, is composed by Eric Daro, Iragrett Tavares and Micas Cabral, in the voices, Calú Ferreira , Eliseu Imbana and Sidia Baio, in the guitars, Toni Bat (drums), Ernesto da Silva (percussion) and Elmano Coelho (saxophone).
The Cape Verdean band, directed by bassist Lúcio Vieira, includes Celso Évora, Débora Paris and Kinha Andrade, in the voices, Daya Neves (keys), Ivan Gomes (guitar), Cau Paris (drums), Djair de Pina (percussion) ) and Elmano Coelho (saxophone).

Written by: Cristina Lopes da Fonseca

Ragui & Bagui is the name of the new children’s project by Eric Daro

Ragui & Bagui is the name of the new children’s project by Eric Daro that will be launched on 1st of June, the date that the world celebrates children’s day.

Daro, who is already a well-known artist, uses his art to educate and motivate children.

In 2018 the artist released his song ABC Localizan, which came with a music video with a lot of animation and learning.

The video was recorded in a school in Guinea-Bissau. It was the children’s version of the original song “Localizan” and aimed to alert and raise awareness both for adults and children about the importance of education.

Ragui & Bagui aims to educate children through educational content, games , music and a lot of entertainment.

Ragui which is the prefix of Rapaz / Rapacinho (boy ) and Gui the suffix of Guigui (Guinean).

As well as Bagui which is the prefix of Badjuda (girl) and the suffix of Guigui (Guinean).

It was the artist’s inspiration to create the project’s name in a way that did not create an ethnic name that could consequently cause social division.

Eric Daro believes that education has a crucial role in society, and it is important that we educate our children to value african culture.

The full episodes will be published on the official YouTube channel Ragui & Bagui and the first one will be release on 1st of June.

Written by: Pucurutcha Stella

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