Since 2007, the group of shapeshifting crossover musicians known as Pravda (“The Truth”) has continually altered their musical landscape in the service of musical innovation, expression and artistry. With a sound that ranges wildly from electro-jazz to grunge, bossa nova and blues, Pravda is an outfit that demonstrates a profound disrespect for the limitations of genre and social media vogue and places a healthy focus on surprising and leading their audience into the unknown.
Fans of the chameleon-like group are continually thrilled to be musically disoriented by a group that proudly aims to debunk appearances and the convenience of genre labels, and to provide a truly surprising range of composition to the musically open-minded.
In 2019, band left behind the comfort and popularity of dance music and entered the vulnerable realm of small-group songwriting, and currently performs at the intersection of acoustic rock, pop-influenced jazz and slide guitar blues. Now, with a range of new, previously unheard original music bursting to be heard, Pravda aims to shine a light onto the significance of everyday experiences with passion and a uniquely South African perspective.
Pravda’s subject matter includes themes surrounding the love of nature, disillusionment with technology and the challenges of motivation in everyday modern life. The band aims to communicate these topics to their audience with integrity, enthusiasm and a welcome sense of humour.
Reluctant frontman Johnny’s thoughtful songwriting reflects an unflinching honesty. Assisted by guitar, violin and piano, Johnny’s musical output includes love songs (“Love Is Calling”, “Lifetime In A Day With You”), travel songs (“Let’s Travel The World, Girl”, “Aeroplane”) and songs about identity (“Feather”, “Routine”, “Number 9 Will Surprise You”).
Drummer Django Flaherty (Drums, Octapad drum module) has performed and held DJ residencies at Rezonance Festival, Mutha FM, Catacombs and Polana. His original productions have been playlisted national radio station 5FM.
Electric and double bassist Callan Wolff (double bass, electric bass, keyboard) performs with Turkish music ensemble Ottoman Slap, seasoned regulars at the annual Standard Bank National Arts Festival.
In 2017, the band’s original single ‘Night and Day (ft Tamara Kesner)’ was licensed to French label Wagram Music on compilation album ‘Electro Swing New Generation 01’ by DJ duo Bart & Baker. In 2018, the single was playlisted by Brighton-based label Freshly Squeezed Music. PRAVDA supported visiting Paris-based swing ensemble Dark Blue Orchestra on their 2015 South African tour.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Wooden Wendy (music video)
Flock With Me (music video)
Night & Day (ft Tamara Kesner) (animated music video)
Electro-swing 360 video medley (live performance)
Night & Day (live acoustic performance)
Dark Moon Rising (20108) http://smarturl.it/darkmoonrising
Spiked Coffee (2018) https://smarturl.it/spikedcoffee
Aeroplane (2018) http://hyperurl.co/0akar0
Wooden Wendy (2017) https://smarturl.it/woodenwendytrack
Drink Water EP (2016) http://smarturl.it/0iwjrn