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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.

Guinea Bissau has five of seven species of sea turtle in the world|Nobalur

Source : Observador

A small island of Poilão in the Bijagos archipelago, just over two square kilometers, is the sanctuary of green turtles, olive, scales, leather and loggerhead.

  Five of the world’s seven sea turtle species spawn on the island of Poilão in southern Guinea-Bissau, the coordinator of the biodiversity department of the Institute for Biodiversity and Protected Areas (IBAP) told Lusa. According to Aissa Regalla, a small island of Poilão is the “third most important place in the world and the first in Africa” for spawning green turtles, one of the most iconic subspecies of animals, after Costa Rica and Ascension Island, a small British territory in the south Atlantic.

  Between August and November, an island of Poilão will be the center of scientific research on the life and dynamics of more than 21,000 sea turtles that are available, reaching every corner of the world.

  Scientists and researchers from ISPA – University Institute of Psychological, Social and Life Sciences (Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon) and University of Exeter (England), with funding from the MAVA Foundation, participating in the 14th turtle testing campaign in Poilão, to, among other things, “to determine exactly” where it will be stopped after leaving Guinea-Bissau, he said. “For the first time, satellite-monitored devices will be used on turtles to track their movement,” said Aissa Regalla.

  Who knows that Guinea-Bissau accepts five of the seven species of sea turtle in the world. A small island of Poilão in the Bijagos archipelago, just over two square kilometers, is the sanctuary of green turtles, olive, scales, leather and loggerhead. They do not exist in Guinea-Bissau as kemp and natator depressus turtles.

  Some studies already carried out in previous campaigns have shown that each night, between August and November, the number of inhabitants of 700 turtles reaches about 700 turtles, each animal pays 150 eggs, of which only five percent of the young arrive. to adulthood.


Leila Samati is representing Guinea-Bissau at Miss World 2019 | Biography

Leila Samati was born on August 28, 1998 in Portugal, Algarve. Daughter of Bacar Samati and Cadi Turé Samati.

Although she born in Portugal, Leila is very attached to her roots and very proud to be Guinean. She is a fan of Guinean culture, gastronomy , and people. Leila characterised her people as a humble with a very good heart.

She currently lives in England, where she’s studying Adult Nursing at University of Bedford.

Her passion for fashion started since she was 3 years old. Leila participated in her first photo shoot and since then she started to work with various brands. At the age of 10, she joined the modeling agency GoModels, where she participated in several fashion shows.

In 2014, Leila Samati participated in a major fashion show for several famous designers, facing a large audience in the city of Portimão.

In 2017, she participated in the Miss Guinea-Bissau Portugal beauty contest, in which she was elected the 2nd Bridesmaid and Miss Communication 2017.

In 2018, she decided to re-enter the beauty contest, and was the first candidate to represent Guinea-Bissau at Miss Africa United Kingdom 2018, in which she was very proud to have won and been crowned Miss Africa United Kingdom 2018/19 and Miss Catwalk.

Leila Samati was supported by Miss Africa and went to Guinea-Bissau on a charity mission in June of the currently year in which she revealed to be one of her greatest and most exciting achievements because she managed to help 300 children in a school in Bissau, and one of her goals is being to help the development of children’s education.

During this visit, she offered school materials for each student at Afonso Bipta.

On the occasion, Leila also visit the Bambaram orphanage where she celebrated the International Children’s.

During her reign as Miss Africa Great Britain, Leila Samati participated in many events, she went to Spain as member of the judges of Miss Guinea Guinea Bissau Spain 2019, she was also One if the judges to starvision in the Miss Transgender 2019 contest.

Diaspora Fashion Show , 2019

Leila worked as (Modeling coach) Model Mentor at the Diaspora Africa Fashion Show, she worked with 25 young people between the ages of 5 and 25. She trained them for the fashion show and inspired them to enjoy their modeling career.

Leila Samati is now Queen’s 4 a reason ambassador to Miss Africa Great Britain and continues to inspire other young people.

Currently she has been officially selected by the TOP GB International and the Miss and mister Guinea-Bissau National Committee to represent Guinea-Bissau in the Miss World competition which is being held from 20 November to 14 December in England.

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Full interview with Leila Samati.

The coordinator and founder of the cultural group Netos de Bandim won the PAN-AFRICAN HUMANITARIAN AWARD

The coordinator and founder of the cultural group Netos de Bandim , Ector Diogenes Cassamá better known as Negado won the PAN-AFRICAN HUMANITARIAN AWARD in advocacy and cultural and community impact.

The prize was presented from 20-22 November in Qatar.

Recalling that GUINEA-BISSAU has won this Award 3 times in a row after Suzi Barbosa in 2017, Miguel de Barros in 2018.

Netos de Bandim was Founded by Ector Diogenes in 2000 , is a Cultural  Group,  a socio-cultural movement, with a conciliatory, creative and multiethnic orientation; a true artistic-cultural response of Guinean society to the construction of peace and the reconstruction of the country after violent and painful civil wars , a group of young artists its musicians and dancers were performing to animate the squares and streets of Bissau. For the “Netos”, music and dancing have always been something more than just entertainment is a hope for troubled youth in their neighborhood.

The group has already carried out a number of cultural actions to raise awareness and social mobilization in Guinea Bissau, focusing on the following topics: national, continental and world PEACE, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CDC), STD prevention , malaria and cholera. Its target audience are children and teenagers, offering cultural training (mainly local dances and music), social inclusion and socio-cultural development. The “Netos de Bandim”, which is formed by 90 members (37 men and 53 women).

The group has stood out in the carnival of the country and in several festivals in the African continent, winning many prizes and a well deserved recognition.

Binhan Quimor , Karyna Gomes and Yasmine nominated for AEAUSA 2019 | Vote Now

African Entertainment Awards, USA (AEAUSA)  has honored African’s excellence since 2015. Held annually in New Jersey, AEAUSA presents over 30 awards during the two-day event. And is the only award giving body to honor practitioners across all crafts and industry sectors, including Entertainment,  Enterprenuership and Community Leadership.

This year Binhan Quimor has been nominated for the Best Palop Male Artist .

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Singer-songwriter Binhanquinhe Quimor, better known as Binhan, was born in 1977 in Guinea Bissau. He grew up in Catio, a town in southern Guinea Bissau. 

Binhan became a very popular artist in Guinea Bissau in 2008 with his refreshing songs of love and hope. His committed and realistic lyrics resonated with audiences far and wide. Some of his hit songs include Mariana and Tudo na passa. 

In 2007 he joined Super Mama Djombo, a popular Guinea-Bissauan band, as vocalist.

For the Best Palop Female Artist 2019 Karyna Gomes and Yasmine has been nominated.

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Karyna Gomes is a singer and composer. Born to a Guinea-Bissau father and a Cape-Verde mother in the small city of Bissau, she grew up listening to traditional music, local urban rhythms, and sounds from all over the world. Her music is rooted in the courtyard gatherings typical of tropical societies, and was influenced by her life in three continents – Africa, Latin America and Europe. She started her career singing in the gospel group “Rejoicing Mass Choir” in São Paulo, Brazil, where she lived for five years. After returning to her country in 2007, Karyna was invited by Adriano Ferreira (Atchutchi) to sing in the historical and revolutionary group “Super Mama Djombo”. In 2014 she launched her first album “Mindjer” (Get!Records), which awarded her with two Best Singer prizes in Guinea-Bissau and got her selected for a showcase in the Atlantic Music Expo 2015, in Cape-Verde. Karyna currently lives in Lisbon, Portugal.

The event will take place in October 19, 2019 from 6pm until late at the venue Kupfrian Hall,

Jim Wise Theater, NJIT. Newark, New Jersey.

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