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PravdaLocation: Based in Cape Town
Pravda is a gypsy swing DJ band. Reinventing the ethnic music of Romania, Argentina and France in a modern style, the music of this classically trained Cape Town four-piece is a live, new, non-stop creation of stunning originality. Rhythmic French cafe jazz guitar, trumpet solos from the heart of Havana, dizzying Benny Goodman clarinet runs, and big, fat double bass pops combine to weave melodies both familiar to young and old. Sparkling with the inclusion of 21st-century music technology, this is dance music with an accent. And underneath it all, an almost freely comedic attitude towards the light-hearted ease of their skill.
Acoustic guitarist John Bartmann has over 25 years' experience in guitar, violin, piano, drums, choral singing, electronic controller instruments and music production software. Classical major Zimasa Gysman is a choir master and clarinet teacher. Trumpeter James Burchell continues to perform with Cape Town's brass band and provide private instruction. Contrabassist Callan Wolff is an accomplished all-round musician with some of Cape Town's most active bands.All are passionate about music education in the South African context.
Pravda, which means 'Truth' in Russian, began in 2005 with a series of independently produced EPs, all entitled 'The Kuleshov Effect' after the work of Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein. The album, which was free to download online, was released in versions along with accompanying comic art and web-linking QR codes designed to direct the user to online content, including a city-wide street art treasure hunt. In 2009, Pravda took up two Mother City residencies and began attracting new fans with their unique mix of live instruments, keyboards, turntablism and hip hop, downtempo and ambient house grooves.
After departing South Africa for a two-year English teaching contract in South Korea, Bartmann continued to perform solo, and Pravda continued to grow with weekly shows in and around Seoul. The project took on a vastly more Eastern European, gypsy and Balkan sound and feel. The seeds were planted for expansion, and in 2014, after meeting the current band members and morphing the solo material into an instrumental dance repertoire, Pravda began frequent shows around Cape Town's electro-swing parties and hip spots. Since then, Pravda has grown rapidly in both popularity and professionalism as a premiere live performing band. Humorous and tragic, lighthearted and grave, this group of 'socialist entrepreneurs' has spun a superbly appealing tale through a decade of endeavour to realize this project's true potential.
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Typical Budget for Pravda is
R6000 - R25000.
Please note this is merely a guide; if you submit a booking enquiry, you will receive an exact quote based on the unique details of your event.
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