Kora are a 5- piece band with huge live presence – vocal harmonies sailing on a powerhouse rhythm section.
Solid musicians, the 4 brothers & Dan, hail from Wellington & Whakatane, Aotearoa (New Zealand). Kora are; Laughton Kora on vocals, guitar, harmonica & keys; Francis Kora on bass, mpc, keys & vocals; Stuart Kora on guitar, keys & vocals; Brad Kora on drum, vocalss & Dan McGruer on keys & bass.
Single Politician was play-listed by 15 stations nationwide and held the number 1 spot on Radio Scopes alternative charts for two weeks, whilst staying in the top ten for 8. The Band headed to the studio mid 2004 to lay down a limited edition EP for both their home market & overseas release. So far the EP has reached No. 2 on IMNZ (Independent Music New Zealand) chart, No. 1 on the Groove Guide New Release charts and No. 3 on Amplifier’s 2004 best seller listings. EP Volume has reached Platinum status in NZ, it has also been picked up by Inertia Music in Australia, Shiva Records in the UK and Unity Records in Hawaii.
Self-titled album Kora was released in late 2007 and immediately went to No. in the NZ top 40. Has been released through Pinnacle in the UK and Europe, Shock Records in Australia & has reached double-platinum status here in NZ.
Kora have completed NZ shows including The Big Day Out, Rhythm & Vines, Soundsplash, WOMAD, Coromadel Gold, Homegrown & Splore. They have played with the likes of Spearhead (Michael Franti), COG & Shihad.
International Festivals include WOMAD UK, WOMADelaide, Pyramid Rock (Aust), Playground (Aust), Fresh Fest (QLD), Snowsplash (Japan) & Quicksilver Pro.
Kora visited Australia for the first time during April 2005 with Salmonella Dub & Fat Freddy’s Drop and subsequently touring in Aug 2007, 2008 twice in 2009 & Feb 2010 to sell- out shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane & Byron Bay.
UK & Europe:
September 2007 show in London & Scotland with Crazy P & Norman J. Returned to UK to sell-out Shepherd's Bush Empire in 2008 and toured Europe - Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris & Brussels.
Kora attended Snowsplash 2009 and played two Tokyo shows and Habuka.
2010 took Kora to Singapore to the Mosaic Festival.
Kora will be in the US for the first time in 2011 when they attend Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.
These guys of slowing down. “If you don’t know who Kora are it’s high time you found out. This band has got to be one of the most diverse, energetic and exciting acts... their live show is “oh my god who the hell are these guys”...