PRAVDA is an energetic, live electronic ‘future jazz’ outfit from Cape Town. PRAVDA has performed at Rocking the Daisies, the J&B Met VIP Lounge, Alliance Francaise Jazz Rendezvous, Youngblood Art Gallery, Francois Pienaar’s MAD Foundation events and The Bootleggers Electroswing event series. The band’s ‘Drink Water’ EP co-producer Ross Gabriel has worked with artists Goodluck, Lu Chase and Youngsta. PRAVDA has received support from Goldfish and supported visiting Paris-based swing ensemble Dark Blue Orchestra on their 2015 South African tour.
PRAVDA’s sonic palette ranges from the dance-oriented sounds of Parov Stelar, Jamiroquai and Caravan Palace to future jazz leaders Mr Scruff, St Germain, Tape Five and The Electric Swing Circus. Other influences include Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and the big band swing-era jazz of Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhardt can be heard alongside African, Latin and Balkan rhythms. Their high-octane performances can be described as a mixture of electro-jazz, gospel and world music delivered with originality and passion.
PRAVDA was formed in Cape Town in 2006, when guitarist John Bartmann began producing a string of self-released EPs, going on to license compositions to Wagram Records (France), theatre companies funded by the UK Arts Council, DNA Musik (Germany) and the South African Broadcasting Commission. In 2014, the band evolved to include DJ-clarinettist Zimasa Gysman, who performed with Simphiwe Dana at the Kirstenbosch Summer Concert Series in 2013. Jacques Louw of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra performed briefly with the band, to be replaced in 2015 by multi-instrumentalist Callan Wolff of Turkish music ensemble Ottoman Slap, seasoned regulars at the annual National Arts Festival.
In 2016, the ensemble grew to include trumpeter Muneeb Hermans, who has performed in France, the UK, the Seychelles, China, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Included in the lineup is trombonist Gareth Harvey, who has performed with The Johnny Cooper Orchestra, Crimson House and McCoy Mrubata and at the National Arts and Joy of Jazz Festivals with his own band SAXIT!. Producer-DJ Django Flaherty joined in 2016, with accolades including performances and residencies at Rezonance Festival, Mutha FM, Catacombs and Polana.
PRAVDA is a truly talented collection of musicians joined at the hip by a rich love for local, contemporary, crossover and world electronic music. Stay tuned for updates relating to performances and releases of their trademark ‘future jazz’ sound.