Internationally renowned Jazz musician, composer & producer, DON LAKA, is poised to launch AFRO CHOPIN, his most exciting and challenging album project to date. This labour of love promises to take Jazz lovers on an exquisite musical journey celebrating the best of African and Classical music.
The album will be released worldwide October 30th.
A multi platinum selling artist, accomplished classical guitarist and self taught pianist LAKA is known as one of the most innovative artists/producer in South Africa. Constantly exploring and pushing musical boundaries LAKA has skilfully created a vibrant musical experience with AFRO CHOPIN. In LAKA’S inimitable Kwaii Jazz style he’s fused South African Jazz and the chord structures and rhythms of Marabi and Kwela music with CHOPIN’s most inspiring compositions.
Listen to “Prelude No 20 (Izulu)” taken from the album here:
LAKA has forged a reputation as an artist unafraid to explore musical possibilities; his catalogue boasts the release of seminal albums such as DESTINY, a fusion of hip-hop, traditional rhythms, classical music and pop, with the release of highly acclaimed SUPERNOVA and PYRAMID albums ensuing.
As a producer he’s worked with Africa’s finest – Ray Phiri (Graceland), Brenda Fissie, Sipho Mabuse, Mango Groove and Johnny Clegg to name but a few. His production work on Hugh Masekela’s BLACK TO THE FUTURE and SIXTY tantalised fans and with this winning collaboration saw the pair enjoy a Grammy nomination in 2013 for Masekela’s JABULANI album.