The activist, model and personal trainer Braima Djata released his new collection of African-inspired clothing named “Banhina Ferre” — a term which means “ Nô djubi djitu ” (let’s find a way) in the West African native language, Balanta.
Djata, who is also a representative of the company NOBALUR since 2017 (the year he started selling his clothes), is well known for his philanthropy and for being involved in several donations across Guinea-Bissau.
His inspiration came from the renowned stylist São Bibas and her daughter Bianca, who played a big part in introducing him to the world of fashion. After being involved in several fashion shows, for both national and international brands, the model decided to create his own clothing line.
In May 2018, Djata introduced the world to his new brand named BD, which stands for his initials (Braima Djata), at the well-known TV program BEM-VINDOS, aired in Portugal by the channel RTP. Two years later, he decided to launch his 3rd collection in a digital and professional manner due to the lack of a physical store.
“I opted for a style of clothing that identifies with me, and generally, this is the style of clothing that I would use on Galas and ceremonies of great importance.”
“This 3rd collection focuses more on males, because there is a higher demand coming from them whenever they see me with the clothes.”
Braima Djata promises that soon there will be a collection made for females only.
The new collection is already available for purchase at the NOBALUR STORE on Instagram.
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Due to the 1998 and 1999 Civil War, most of the historical documents and archives of various public institutions were destroyed.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.
The first collection, K E N D O, pays homage to Stellas country of birth, the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau.
K E N D O is an expression used in Mandinga(African Dialect) which means; something good that has value, something positive.
It is also the traditional name given to the enterpreuneurs first born, Omar Bodhi Quijera Daro.
The businesswoman pretends to pay tribute to all African countries and she recognises that darker skin tones struggle to find the right type of foundation. To solve this issue in order to emphasise the importance of inclusion and to defend equality and diversity, she takes great care to provide a variety of 18 different tones.
All products are verified by health professionally and aimed at the African market, all collections are available to purchase in bulk and some online.
The first collection is already in stock and available to purchase online. It is already being dristibuted in Guinea-Bissau, by BISSAU COSMÉTICOS and in some African countries.
What inspired you to start the brand?
In 2016, I went through an embarrassing situation when a girl that didn’t like me decided to post something with the intent to damage my image on social media. It was something along the lines that I should ‘start using foundation that matches my skin tone’.
Being only 23 years old at the time, I was really embarrassed but acted like I didn’t care. However, over a certain period of time, I realised that in actuality it was hard to find foundation that would match my skin tone.
About a year had passed since that whole situation and when I created the BLACKFRODOLLS project in 2017, my younger brother Francisco, suggested the creation of a cosmetics brand.
At the time I had just got started with the whole concept and was scared, due to experience, of potentially creating something harmful to people’s skin.
It was then that 3 years later in 2020 amidst the pandemic that I decided to study and research more on the subject. When I felt more secure in myself I decided to invest in the cosmetics area.
Where can we find your products?
However , we’re only supplying in Bulk, large quantities to African companies, and some in Europe, they can still purchase online by email, DM or WhatsApp.
The products are available at BISSAU COSMÉTICOS in Guinea-Bissau. As a way of fighting unemployment in Guinea-Bissau, Blackfrodolls started its first recruitment process for the SALES & MARKETING team.
Diima Dahaba is a producer, mix engineer and Bissau-Guinean singer-songwriter, CEO Founder of the music label Bissilon Sound located in Bissau
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.
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.
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.
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.
Written by: Cristina Lopes da Fonseca
Creating platforms by supporting and promoting Guinea-Bissau