18 November 2018


Jazz legend Don Laka launches history book

by: Maboni Kgabi   date: 06 july 2018

African history has always been told in bits and pieces and that notion had triggered curiosity in some South Africans. 

These were the sentiments shared by jazz maestro, Don Laka, during the launch of his book titled: Re-Introduction to African History: Know Thy Self at the Bop Recording Studios in Mahikeng recently.

Don Laka’s passion for the history of Africa made him dig even deeper in discovering the truth that for many years was untold.

The book takes one back to the moment of knowing themselves and the hidden truth about their history as black people. The book is 70 percent pictorial. 
Speaking during a media briefing, Laka said the book had been his dream for over 30 years and it had now been realized. He said the road was long and hard but that did not prevent him from doing what he loved most, telling history through pictures.

“Our African history had been destroyed by colonizers and we need to find what was hidden from us and embrace it. Our rich history is our only heritage so it is of importance not to let people deprive us of what belongs to us,” he said.

Laka said he traveled around the world to gather more information and knowledge to put his work together. He is also planning a children’s version of the same book.
Laka is a famous pianist, composer, jazz musician, producer and now an author whose wish is to see the book in the syllabus of African schools.