|#||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|
|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)|
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].