Hey, welcome to Pravda. This is a band and art project from Cape Town. We make a wide range of music, mostly psychedelic jazz and rock. Always evolving. Maybe you're here because you saw us play live. Thanks for coming, seriously! Hope you appreciate the power of good old-fashioned songwriting. We write pretty songs about love and travel, and also deeper ones about technology and identity. Stuff like that. 

In case you're interested, my name is Johnny and this is sorta my gig. Now pushing 40. Been writing and performing music the whole time. Since about 2009, Pravda has been a passion project. Pravda means "The Truth" in Russian. I regularly share my perspective on how creativity is a means for self-examination and shit like that in the Simple Truths Blog. I'm still writing and producing music every day. Go wild. 

So that's what we do. I play guitar and sing, have a music podcast and edit radio and audio fiction in real life. My friend Django plays drums, produces much of our music and also DJs at special events. Callan plays bass, manages Soaring Free SuperFoods and sells reusable drinking eco-straws


We currently produce and release all our new music personally to the small group on our email and WhatsApp lists. It's an amazing time for the independents. We even got a track signed to a label in Paris but they unfortunately screwed us a bit. Now we're trying out something new by releasing new music directly to our fans. It's slow, but it's working. More people are starting to care about stuff that isn't mass produced.

New music is only currently available directly, via email or WhatsApp. So join our mailing list and get start listening to new music by Pravda.

You can check out our older stuff on our music page.

My hope with this project is to succeed in a few ways. I want to find the people that really matter. I want the songs to reach people, even if I don't know them. I want to fully convey the personal depths to which this project has led me over the years.


Thanks for believing in something.

-- Johnny

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