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A Quick Ting On
A ground-breaking non-fiction series, A Quick Ting On is the first ever non-fiction book series dedicated to Black British culture. The series explores the history and evolution of Black British Culture. The 'viral' series was created, commissioned and edited by Magdalene Abraha. With books surveying key topics ranging from Grime and Afrobeats to Black fashion and hair, each title has been written by an influential Black British voice and debut author, 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; and journalist and activist Franklyn Addo, among others.
Afrobeats is a fast-growing genre, one that has carved out a distinct and powerful Black identity rooted within the African continent.
The first book of its kind, A Quick Ting On: Afrobeats chronicles the social and cultural development of the eponymous music genre, tracing its rich history from the African continent all the way to the musical centre of the Western world.
This exciting new book takes a unique look at the music of the African diaspora and their children, delving into how Afrobeats and its sub-genres have provided new articulations of Black identity and pride. It remembers the Afrobeats pioneers and memorable cultural moments, as well as investigating the impact of African migration, travel and modernisation on the genre.
A Quick Ting On: Afrobeats provides an insightful look at how Afrobeats became the explosive music genre it is today.
A Quick Ting On: Plantain
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Recognised as one of the most beloved fruits of the Black diaspora, Plantain holds profound value within the cultures and communities it is part of.
Compiled for the first time in one vibrant volume, A Quick Ting On: Plantain is an infectious cultural insight into the versatile fruit. Discover its contested historical origins, its multilingual etymology, the biochemistry that sets Plantain apart from regular bananas and, yes, the War of Pronunciation... Is it Plan-tain or Plan-tin?
Containing recipes from across the African continent, the Caribbean, Latin America and South Asia, author Rui Da Silva paints an astonishing international history of Plantain - celebrating food within Black households across the globe as an intimate marker of identity and culture.
From recent developments in farming practices to the effects of food gentrification on working-class Afro-Caribbean communities, Rui also explores the politics behind Plantain. Inflation, Fairtrade, and climate change all have a part to play in the ongoing journey of this coveted fruit.
Unifying stories of innovation, hardship and, above all, love, A Quick Ting On: Plantain is a delicious ode to the intersection of food, culture and humanity.
A Quick Ting On: The Black Girl Afro
Black Women's hair is a topic that has been at the centre of contemporary conversation for some time. This informative book explores the rich cultural history of Black Womens' Afros, weaving in anecdotal tales from Black women along the way.
Exploring the ways in which Black women's natural hair is often politicised and judged, A Quick Ting On The Black Girl Afro chronicles the ways in which the styling of Black Women's hair has influenced popular culture and intersected with Black expression.
Complete with intimate interviews and real-life stories about natural hair journeys and the hunt for hair products, A Quick Ting On The Black Girl Afro is a powerful exploration into the Black Woman's Afro - celebrating the versatility and diversity of Black women's natural hair.
A Quick Ting On: Black British Businesses
Day-to-day struggles, triumphant success stories, and unique circumstances. A Quick Ting On: Black British Businesses takes you on an informative journey through the history (and future) of Black British entrepreneurship.
With the powerful rise of Black British culture, Black British entrepreneurship has rapidly become a point of great conversation. This book looks back on significant moments in Black British entrepreneurship, exploring the struggles, success and unique circumstances that face Black British businesses.
Featuring brilliant interviews and first-hand accounts from some of your favourite Black British entrepreneurs - from Sharmadean Reid MBE and Ozwald Boateng OBE, to the late great Jamal Edwards MBE, and so many more - Black British Businesses offers an important insight into how one of Britain's most influential communities continues to create space in the world of business.
A Quick Ting On: Grime
From pirate radio to Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage, journalist and rapper Franklyn Addo pens an extraordinary narrative of the history, present and future of Grime music.
The influence of Grime on contemporary British culture is difficult to understate. From fashion trends and evolving language to potent political statements, Grime is a musical juggernaut that has reverberated far throughout British society. Chronicled for the first time in powerful literary prose, Addo intelligently documents the genre's cultural explosion and investigates how it became the voice of a generation.
A phenomenal insight into the captivating and electrifying genre that has taken the British music scene by storm, A Quick Ting On: Grime is an essential and long-awaited read for Stormzy aficionados and grime newcomers alike.
A Quick Ting On: Theatre Sh*t
Storytelling and performance have been at the centre of Black traditions for as long as Black existence.
From griots and underground raves to protests and defiant speeches, Black performance translates across time, space and memory. In the UK, a growing current of contemporary Black British theatre takes shape as a powerful hub of imagination and creativity, inspiring Tobi Kyeremateng to ask: What is theatre in the context of Black expression?
In this unique and thorough assessment, Kyeremateng captures the gripping dynamics of Black expression through contemporary Black British theatre culture - from Yard Plays, cultural activism and Cabaret, all the way to Notting Hill Carnival, Grime, raves, and friends telling stories at the back of the top deck of a bus.
Combining elements of history, personal anecdotes and interviews, alongside layers of poetry and photography, A Quick Ting On: Theatre Sh*t explores the modern age of Black British theatre, dissecting and recontextualising what we know it to be.
A Quick Ting On: Bamboo Earrings
British Street Fashion has a rich history. Its trajectory from the streets onto international catwalks has been fast and heavily documented. A Quick Ting On: Bamboo Earring will be the first book to explore the politics of street fashion staple that is bamboo earrings. The gold hoop earring has been a commanding symbol in many cultures throughout history. Observing the shift in how these earrings have now been embraced by high fashion and large brands, Sophia inspects the rich history behind the iconic fashion accessory highlighting their importance to young black girls growing up in Britain and internationally. Looking at her own personal relationship to bamboo earrings and other black girls alike. A Quick Ting On highlights these irresistible fashion accessories rise to fame, how they have stood the test of time and their cultural importance.
A Quick Ting On: Black British Power
From the Mangrove Nine to Notting Hill Carnival, writer and social commentator Chanté Joseph takes us through the formative, radical histories of Black British activism.
When the Windrush generation arrived in Britain, the concept of 'Black Britishness' or 'Black British Culture' did not yet exist. Fast forward to the present day, where a distinct and influential Black British identity exists.
This concise and informative book traverses the crucial topics within Black British history and culture: exploring community activism, protests, Notting Hill Carnival, the Black British Panthers, Women of the movement, the Mangrove Nine and the Black British Arts.
Celebrating and chronicling the fusion of social, political and artistic elements within Black activism in Britain, A Quick Ting On: British Black Power provides an insightful look at how the British Black Power movement first emerged and has developed since.
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