One of our favorite indie presses has a new series that makes cultural trends and movements exciting to read about. The name of the series is A Quick Ting On. Launched by Jacaranda Books, it offers quick and engaging takes on issues centered on Black British Culture. The authors of the books include notable Black British artists, professionals, and social media personalities like writer Christian Adofo, business consultant and entrepreneur Tskenya-Sarah Frazer, and journalist Franklyn Addo. There are 8 books in the series so far, with more to come. They cover everything from black hair to Afrobeats to Plaintains.
A Quick Ting On Afrobeats looks at the African pop music trend taking the world by storm. Christian Adofo “delves 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.”
Another recent release is A Quick Ting on Plantain, written by Rui Da Silva (Rei Sky) a musician, performer, and illustrative artist. Silver is from Lisbon/London by way of São Tomé and Príncipe. Plantain is a staple of many black cuisine. In the book, which doubles as a love letter to plantain, Silva discusses the intense value that plantain has for Black diasporic communities. (If you’re in London you can check out his collaboration with Hot-Dinners on the best plantain spots around town.)
We’re so excited for this series and look forward to each release! You can buy and pre-order your copies through the “buy links” below. For more information and updates, be sure to follow the series on Twitter.