A Quick Ting On: bringing Black British History to the fore

Created by publisher and writer Magdalene Abraha, A Quick Ting On is an innovative new series exploring topics of cultural relevance to Black Britons and the global Black community.

Considered the first of its kind, Abraha has created and curated a collection of work celebrating Black British culture through a wide range of topics from Afrobeats to Plantain, and Black British Business and the Black British Power Movement. 

The non-fiction series will also debut the talents of the following young Black British writers, including plus-size model and influencer, Sophia Tassew, award-winning cultural producer, Tobi Kyeremateng, writer and award-winning business owner, Tskenya-Sarah Frazer, writer and social commentator, Chanté Joseph, mathematician and model, Zainab Kwaw-Swanzy, writer and curator, Christian Adofo, writer, social commentator and youth worker, Franklin Addo, and writer, illustrator and youth worker Rui Da Silva.

One of the key aims of A Quick Ting On is to create a space for young Black Britons to represent themselves in a way that is as authentic as it is unapologetic. “It’s been something that I have wanted to create for some time, so to be able to create it with an amazing group of authors is brilliant,” said Abraha.

In A Quick Ting On: Black British Business, author Tskenya-Sarah Frazer drives home her key message that “business is for everyone” and not just the predominant demographic of middle-aged and privileged White men. By shining a light on all the things Black British entrepreneurs are doing, she aims to empower others to take a leap of faith to start something themselves.

For Rui Da Silva, author of A Quick Ting On: Plantain, it’s a chance to write meaningfully and explore his love for plantain within a specific cultural context. “To understand it, investigate it and celebrate it,” he says, noting that it is probably the first time that anyone has ever written a book about plantain as a matter of cultural exploration. 

“Growing up in the UK whilst having roots in Africa and the Caribbean is a nuanced and ever-shifting experience especially as you reach the age in which your parents migrated here and you begin to emphasise the enormity of sacrifice and foresight for your own future,” says Christian Adofo. His book A Quick Ting On: Afrobeats, explores the influence of the transatlantic slave trade in Afrobeats music, which he believes follows a similar route. 

“This constant feedback between Africa, the Caribbean and the West is rich which effortlessly influences popular culture. Built upon Highlife, Reggae and Afrobeat played at family gatherings in the diaspora, Afrobeats is a coming of age soundtrack which personifies the strong connection to our respective motherlands,” he says.

“It’s another vehicle to archive subjects that our community care about,” says Abraha. Indeed, and not only that, this collection is a way for young people to be able to explore their identity, culture and heritage in an easily accessible format that is empowering for them and the generation that will come after.

The A Quick Ting On series will be released in 2021.


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