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Gangs of Ballet is a Durban-based band comprising of four musicians and friends. Each accomplished musicians in their own rights, the band’s members have combined their various individual tastes and styles to create a sound that is captivatingly fresh.

Their music, which boasts a winning combination of their vibrant energy and a host of musically intriguing melodies, cannot be pinned down to any specific genre but rather experiments with an eclectic mix of alternative, melodic, anthemic, electronic and dance. In any context, Gangs of Ballet’s audiences are encouraged to experience the band’s music in ways that are dually intuitive and physical as their music seeks to stimulate the musically-minded while also providing those merely seeking a good time with a good reason to dance. Originally formed as a sideproject, Gangs of Ballet came into official existence at its debut gig opening for aKing in April of 2011.

Their debut single, ‘Breaking the Silence’, was released in September of 2011 and by early November it had entered into the 5FM Top 40 Chart. The single thereafter continued to climb its way up the chart and after just 10 weeks on the chart, ‘Breaking the Silence’ entered the New Year at 7th place and secured a spot on 5FM’s list of the Top 100 Hottest Hits of 2011. m‘Breaking the Silence’ was also chosen as the soundtrack for Cell C’s ‘Be’ campaign, which were featured on SA TV and radio stations nationwide.

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Gangs of Ballet released their debut self-titled EP in March
2012, by launching it to a packed out crowd inside an abandoned pool in downtown Durban. Even the familiar Durban rainfall couldn’t dampen the spirits of their fans who partied the night away.

‘This Love’ followed as second single to hit the airwaves from
these Durbanites, which also reached nr. 7 on the 5FM Top 40
Chart. The band was asked to open for Switchfoot at the Johannesburg leg of their South African tour in August 2012, and was chosen as the direct support for Civil Twilight on their
nationwide SA tour in December 2012.

With the release of the third single ‘Hello Sweet World’ from their EP, Gangs of Ballet put all doubts with regards to the band as leaders on the forefront of the South African music scene to rest when the single was received with critical acclaim from fans and music critics alike. The single was play listed nationwide on national, regional and campus radio stations and reached no. 1 on the 5FM Top 40 Chart, as well as the Top 10 of Highveld Stereo’s Top 40. ‘Hello Sweet World’ went on to become the theme song VH1 USA’s hit TV series - ‘Rehab with Dr Dre’. The music video for the single was subsequently play listed on VH1 and went on to receive a SAMA nomination in 2013 for Best Music Video.

Winner of the MK Award 2013 for Best Newcomer - Gangs of
Ballet may be relatively new to the music scene, but its members are far from it. With all members having been involved in bands, side projects and studio recordings in the past, and with three of the four members having pursued music at tertiary level, the Gangs of Ballet boys are no strangers to the stage or recording studio. With their combined wealth of talent, experience and creativity, these four Durbanites hope to make a quality

contribution to South Africa’s growing music scene and it would appear that they are already well on their way to their way to doing just that.

Gangs of Ballet released the first single and its music video from their upcoming debut album, entitled ‘yes/no/grey.’ in July 2013. The single, named Daydream, had its first exclusive play in 5FM whilst the video premiered on MTV’s The New Sh*t show. The band is currently completing ‘yes/no/grey.’, set for release in August 2013 through Universal Music South Africa.

Gangs of Ballet is:
Brad Klynsmith - Vocals /Electric Guitar
Jonathan Rich - Keyboard/Synth
Hardus de Beer - Bass Guitar
Josh Klynsmith - Drums/Vocals

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