The first-ever non-fiction book series dedicated to celebrating and exploring Black British culture is set for release from October 2021.
Created by young writer and award-winning publisher Magdalene Abraha, A Quick Ting On covers Afrobeats and Grime, the Black British power movement, plantain, Black fashion, and hair, exploring the history and evolution of Black culture in Britain. The groundbreaking series of eight books will be released from October 2021 into 2022, with dates for the first six works now confirmed.
Each title in the series is written by a leading young Black British voice, including broadcaster and host of Channel 4’s How Not To Be Racist, Chanté Joseph; award-winning theatre and film producer and writer Tobi Kyeremateng; award-winning entrepreneur Tskenya-Sarah Frazer; journalist and activist Franklyn Addo; and more.
A Quick Ting On came about after Abraha reached out to her friends over WhatsApp and persuaded them to write a book for the series on one of their passions. She said, “A Quick Ting On is about archiving the rich cultural landscape of Black Britain both past and present in an exciting and contemporary way. It is about providing a space for Black British writers to pay homage to the ideas, the moments that mean something to them…. the series is digestible, relatable, and important.”
The eight books forming the A Quick Ting On series are:
A Quick Ting On: Afrobeats by Christian Adofo (7th October 2021)
Christian is a writer, journalist, and curator, with a passion for writing about the intersection of heritage and identity in music and culture. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, OkayAfrica, and Straight No Chaser. He has written scripts for BBC series Black Earth Rising and the award-winning Damilola: Our Loved Boy.
In 2017, Christian produced and hosted discussions at Autograph around the 60th anniversary of Ghana’s independence exploring how identity informs the creative practice of young Londoners who share dual heritage. In 2018, he played an Afrobeats inspired DJ set at the Tate Modern as part of their Counterpoint series celebrating the rise of jazz-inspired musicians in London.
Christian has also delivered workshops around identity and storytelling with Talawa Theatre Company and was recently featured in the 2020 YouTube show A Day In the Life with Wizkid.
Quick Ting On: Plantain by Rui Da Silva (22nd October 2021)
Rui is a music producer from Caleb Femi’s SXWKS collective, fusing Hip Hop and Soul to Jungle and African Folk and a freelance journalist, creative practitioner within the Decolonising Education group, and a youth worker focusing on the social mobility of young, working-class people.
Rui has collaborated with Caleb Femi, Zia Ahmed, Lex Amor, Lionheartfelt, Latir Thakur, Sophia Thakur, Bush Theatre, Westway Trust, Khidr Collective, Young Hackney, The Barbican, The Tate Modern, Artsadmin and The Showroom.
Rui also founded AfroEats, a magazine that celebrated Afro-Caribbean home-cooks in London. He also launched a campaign to fund his mother’s university tuition.
A Quick Ting On: Black British Power Movement by Chanté Joseph (28th October 2021)
Chanté is a writer, social commentator, host, and social media influencer. In addition to being named one of the 24 most influential people under 24 in Bristol, Chanté was the recipient of the Alumni Association Award and the prestigious Vice Chancellors Award.
Former editor and curator of Bristol’s first-ever Powerlist awards, and columnist at ELLE UK and VICE, her writing frequently appears in The Guardian, i, Noisey, Gal-dem, Crack Magazine and more. In 2018, she wrote her first-ever cover story for Wonderland Magazine interviewing musicians Chloe and Hallee.
She is regularly interviewed on BBC Radio, BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News about her work and activism. Chante has hosted live streams for Tik Tok and collaborated with brands such as Bumble, Adidas, Spotify and Youtube. She is also the host of #HowNotToBeRacist on Channel 4 and The Face Magazine’s ‘My Public Me‘ Podcast.
A Quick Ting On: The Black Girl Afro by Zainab Kwaw-Swanzy (4th November 2021)
Zainab is an award-winning Senior Digital Product Manager (Vice President) at Barclays, as well as Co-Chair of the Barclays Black Professionals Forum (BPF), championing diversity, inclusion, and equality in the workplace.
A mathematician and model, Zainab is part of the founding team of award-winning magazine gal-dem magazine, and a public speaker regularly delivering talks and presentations about defying stereotypes and navigating spaces that lack diversity. In addition to her writing appearing in gal-dem, she has modelled for JD, Adidas, Vice and more.
Zainab recently won the Inclusion Champion award for empowering young people and making the workplace more inclusive for black colleagues, was named a Black British Business Awards Rising Star in Financial Services, and placed number 10 in the Powerful Media Top 100 Future Leaders list for 2016/17.
A Quick Ting On: Black British Businesses by Tskenya-Sarah Frazer (12th November 2021)
Tskenya-Sarah is an award-winning business consultant and owner of her eponymous footwear brand, known for its non-gendered marketing campaigns.
In 2018, she was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Black Women in Business Awards, and her business was featured in Vogue, Guardian, Tatler, and Stylists among others. The following year, she was selected by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and The Prince’s Trust to mentor young British entrepreneurs alongside the founder of Monzo.
Tskenya was also a Director of model Leomie Anderson’s LappTheBrand clothing line.
A Quick Ting On: Theatre Sh*t by Tobi Kyeremateng (19th November 2021)
Tobi is a cultural producer specialising in live performance, events, festivals, and film, creating experiences around socio-political activism, community engagement, public spaces, and artistic collaboration, with a focus on audience engagement and inclusion. She has worked with organisations including Ovalhouse Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Apples and Snakes, tiata fahodzi, Tamasha Theatre and more.
In 2017, she was accepted onto the Old Vic 12 programme where she produced Joe White’s play Pagans, and she was also part of the Runner Up team for the JMK 2017 Award with debbie tucker green’s random, directed by Nathan Crossan- Smith.
In 2017, she became Executive Producer (UP NEXT) at Bush Theatre, responsible for conceptualising and delivering BABYLON Festival, a week-long celebration of Black and Brown peoples’ influences on London culture. She also founded Black Ticket Project in the same year, an initiative collaborating with venues and organisations to distribute over 1500 free and discounted tickets to Black young people to improve accessibility.
A Quick Ting On: Grime by Franklyn Addo (release date TBA 2022)
Franklyn is a social commentator, journalist, youth worker, and rapper whose work revolves around the promotion of social justice. His biographical experiences of growing up in (pre-gentrification) Hackney, where he continues to reside, has led him to become devoted to understanding the causes of issues like serious youth violence and the criminalisation of young people, as well as acting to resolve them.
He has written articles for publications including The Guardian, The Independent, and Sky News, and has been featured in The New Yorker. His productions include a short documentary on crime-induced trauma for BBC3 and a narrative about the human consequences of inequality for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Four Thought’ programme. His main focus is working directly with young people, in settings ranging from schools and youth clubs to prisons and hospitals.
In addition to journalism and youth work, Franklyn creates and is deeply passionate about Black music.
A Quick Ting On: Bamboo Earrings by Sophia Tassew (release date TBA 2022)
Creative and plus-sized model Sophia began writing about public affairs and popular culture at seventeen, as part of the editorial team at Live Magazine. While working as an art director at advertising agency FCB Inferno, Sophia created viral artworks which brought together grime and film poster imagery. She has curated multiple exhibitions championing young artists while working as a creative at global advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather, brand insider for ASOS, and in-house creative for Nike London.
Sophia has gained a following online after being vocal about representation in the media, body positivity, and collaborations with brands and campaigns. Sophia and her work encouraging plus-size representation in the media has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Dazed, Saint Heron, Buzzfeed, Crack Magazine, The Independent, BBC1XTRA, and VICE, as well as appearing in the music video for Stormzy’s hit single Big For Your Boots. She is also the founder of earring company Khula.
Magdalene Abraha FRSA – Writer, curator, creator, and producer of A Quick Ting On
Magdalene is a writer, curator, and award-winning publisher. She appeared on The Bookseller’s Rising Star list 2019 and was awarded the LBF Trailblazer award 2020 for her contribution to publishing. She was also named one of 10 trailblazing women changing the future in 2020 by Elle Magazine. She was also a finalist in the BBBA Media and Arts awards.
In 2020 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for her contribution to the media and literature sector. She was also named one of the 50 Must-Follow BAME Female Entrepreneurs, Influencers & Speakers in 2020 by Forward Ladies Magazine.
After graduating in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, Magdalene Abraha started her career in journalism and was one of the youngest columnists for the Independent newspaper. She continues to write for various publications including The Economist, The Guardian, i, and Stylist, amongst others. Magdalene sits on the editorial board of Book Machine, working to bridge the gap between aspiring creatives and the publishing industry.
The release of the A Quick Ting On series in 2021 is the brainchild of writer and award-winning publisher Magdalene Abraha and will be published by Jacaranda Books.