Don Laka

Donald Mahwetša Laka

Also known as D Laka, D. Laka, Don "Mahwecha" Laka, Donald Laka, Mahwetsa Donald Laka
Members of Don Laka: Umoja (2)
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Discography of Don Laka:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Umoja - The Spirit Of Togetherness - Original Cast Recording 26 Audio 2001 Sting Music
2 Smile 6 Audio 1987 Gallo Records
3 Stages Of Love 4 Audio 1986 Gallo
4 I Wanna Be Myself 6 Audio 1984 Transistor (2)
5 Stages Of Love 4 Audio 2007 Gallo Record Company
6 I Wanna Be Myself 6 Audio 1984 Transistor (2)
7 Smile 6 Audio 2007 Gallo Records

South African jazz musician, producer and pianist, born in 1958 near Pretoria in Mamelodi.

In 1969 he formed his first band and made his first recording in 1972 which featured [a=Ray Phiri] on guitar. After matriculating in 1978 he started formal music lessons, obtaining his licentiate in high school music teaching in 1979. From 1980 to 1981 he joined the afro-fusion group "Sakhile" that was formed by [a=Sipho Gumede] and Khaya Mahlangu. The group revolutionized South African music, and set a trend for groups like [a=Bayete]. Don recorded his first big hit with a group called "Oneness" before moving to form his own band with [a=Sello Twala], called "Ymage". In the ten years that this group existed they recorded no less than 12 LPs, and in 1986 they were spotted by top producer [a=Tony Visconti].

During the same period Don ventured into recording solo LPs and producing other artists. His songs and piano playing proved to be popular with other musicians such as [a=Brenda Fassie], who then asked if he could write, produce or perform on their records.

Don also co-launched the record company that was to become [l=Kalawa Jazmee] (he's the "LA" part), initially selling records from the boot of their cars before forming a bigger structure, and he has most recently launched "Kwai-jazz" label [b]Bokone Music[/b].

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