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Braima Djata launches his 3rd collection of African-inspired garments dubbed “Banhina Ferre”

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.

Nobalur Team in Guinea-Bissau

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.

Braima Djata and Catarina Furtado

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.

Braima Djata modelling for Bibas

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.

©️ KAKU20 | Banhina Ferre Collection
©️ KAKU20 | Banhina Ferre Collection
©️ KAKU20 | Banhina Ferre Collection

“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.

Written by: Francisco Quijera

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

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

Allen Halloween launched his first book “Livre Arbítrio” – Biography | Nobalur

The book brings together the lyrics of the rapper and poet, from his first album, “Projeto Mary Witch” (2006), to the albums “Árvore Kriminal” (2011) and “Híbrido” (2015), but also lyrics from his next album “Unplugueto”.

Allen Halloween is one of the greatest figures of Portuguese Rap, gathering a true cult around his unique style and impactful voice that leaves a strong impression on the listener, both from a musical and message perspective.

The universe of his lyrics is strongly literary and poetic, with an imaginary but strongly grounded in reality. The characters in the lyrics usually struggle with a strong social determinism that conditions their choices and choices on themes of strong biblical inspiration where heroism, trial, guilt and redemption struggle in a fierce dance. Allen Halloween can recreate the sordid with undeniable poetic candor and narrative meaning.

In his writings the voices of countless larger-than-life characters, many anonymous heroes and everyday anti-heroes, whose voices and stories we would never know if we did not give this author the unavoidable opportunity to listen and now read.

The book will have a foreword by Mário Lopes, a journalist for Público, and some images from Susana Luzer’s already mythical photo shoot around Allen Halloween.

Allen Pires Sanha was born in Guinea-Bissau in 1980.

From an early age his father emigrated to Germany to study economics and his mother to Portugal to look for a better living conditions.

At 9 years old Allen lived in Santo António dos Cavaleiros, in extremely poor conditions with his family.

Allen Halloween’s father.

Allen Halloween with his mother and family.

At age 13 he witnessed a murder of his neighbours in the neighbourhood, since then the pseudonym “Halloween” has emerged.

His first contact with rap was in 1995 but it was in 1999 that he began his career and founded the “Youth Kriminal ” group that was created by him, Johnny Ganza (R.I.P) , Yuri B among others.

  Allen Halloween always liked to write , it was in 2000 that he released the first songs. In 2006 he released his first project “Mary Witch” with 11 tracks, the name of the album was inspired by the horror movie “Blurry Witch”.

Between 2006 and 2011 Halloween decided to devote more to his personal life and his family.

In 2008 he went to live in Cais do Sodré with his wife and children.

“I like music a lot but there are things that I put first, which is my family.” Allen Halloween stated in an interview with Hip Hop Tuga in 2013.

His music is always based on the events of the daily life, his surroundings and mostly his concerns. Halloween believes that rap should be based on real facts.

In 2011 he released his album “Árvore Kriminal ”which was entirely produced by himself except from tracks (SOS World and Rapordagem).

In 2015 he released the album “Hibrido”, Halloween compares both albums referring that there is more maturity in terms of Beat and a great improvement as an artist.

“I am a difficult person to fit in, I consider myself a person of various nationalities, various people and various social status. And that is reflected in my songs. ”

The album “Hibrido” was almost entirely produced by him and he considers it to be an album made just for his ears as it would not change anything about it.

The next Album “Unplugueto” is ready and will be released on December , 15 in all digital platforms.