A Quick Ting On: Afrobeats, written by author and journalist Christian Adofo is set to release next month via Jacaranda Books. Billed as the first book covering the genre, it aims to take a deep dive into the history of Afrobeats and explore its cultural influences and development.
Adofo sets off to trace its origins in Africa beginning as a niche sound to when it received widespread mainstream attention in the west. He also details how Afrobeats splintered off into subgenres that helped numerous artists articulate their Black identity and pride. The modernization of the sound is discussed as well.
The book is part of a series called A Quick Ting On. In it, numerous publications celebrate and explore various parts of Black British culture. They host events discussing Black culture regularly which are listed on their Instagram page.
Afrobeats has seen a huge rise in popularity in the last few years. In July of 2020, U.K. radio station BBC Radio 1Xtra launched the first-ever U.K. Afrobeats chart. Every week, it lists the top 20 Afrobeats artists. This newfound publicity has shined a light on burgeoning artists from the scene.
Anyone interested in purchasing the book, which officially releases on February 24th, can find it here.