Brian Laka’s new album launch at the Bat Centre

2010-04-09 00:00

KWAAI-JAZZ maestro Don Laka’s new earth-conscious album, Poison, features an eclectic mix of his signature sound mixed with a poignant message about the dire plight of our planet.

The 52-year-old musician, who is performing at Durban’s Bat Centre at 8 pm tonight and tomorrow night, as part of a country-wide tour to launch Poison, wants to use his performances to warn the world about the ugly side of global industrial progression, how it is ­affecting our lives today and the long-lasting effects it will have on the planet.

The inspiration for his new album stems from an unlikely source. “I was watching a documentary on how the melting of the ice caps is ­disturbing the lives of polar bears in the North Pole. They were struggling to find food in preparation for ­hibernation. That got me thinking about the damage that we had done to the world and what kind of legacy we are building for the future,” Laka explained, adding that he believed the album captured the spirit of his message about the importance of saving the world.

And to show just how serious he is, the musician — who has three platinum and two gold records to his name and has performed in London, the United States, Canada, ­Austria, Russia, Chile, Cuba and ­Jamaica — eliminated 90% of the plastic generally used in the production of CDs and embarked on a new development process to create the sleeve for Poison.

He also intends donating a ­percentage of his total record sales to help make South Africa a greener place for all.

Tickets for the concerts are R120 from Computicket and R140 if bought at the door.

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