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Experimental rock/funk collective KORA are a 5 piece band with huge live presence – vocal harmonies sailing on a powerhouse rhythm section.  Solid musicians, the 4 Kora brothers & Dan, Aotearoa (New Zealand).

KORA (formed in 2003) are; Laughton Kora on vocals, guitar, harmonica & keys; Francis Kora on bass, samples & vocals; Stuart Kora on guitar, keys & vocals; Brad Kora on drums and vocals & Dan McGruer on keys & bass.

KORA recorded their first single & music video Politician which 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 EP Volume for both their home market & overseas release.  So far the EP has reached No. 1 on IMNZ chart, No. 1 on the Groove Guide New Release charts and No. 2 on Amplifier’s 2004 best seller listings.  EP Volume has reached Platinum status in NZ, it has also been picked up by Shock in Australia, & Shiva Records in the UK.  An extended version has been release in Hawaii.


KORA’s debut self-titled album KORA was released in NZ in 2007 and shot straight to the top of the Official NZ charts – debuting in the Number 1 slot and has now reached double platinum sales.  Album is now available in Australia and UK/Europe.


KORA formed a calibration with music legends Cabaret Voltaire and released KORA KORA KORA – a Cabaret Voltaire remix of 7 tracks off KORA’s album.   Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

Awards & Licence:
Music awards include bNet Award, Vodafone Music Awards.  They recently won the Vogel Award 2009 for Best Short Sci-Fi Work for their video “Skankenstein”.  KORA’s work has been release on surfing legend Mark Occhilupo platinum collection (also various TV & Film)  

KORA have performed at The Big Day Out 3 times – in 2007, rocked the mainstage in January 2010 – this year (2011) they are featured alongside Tool & Primal Scream.   KORA played at WOMAD UK, WOMAD Aust. & WOMAD NZ.  They have played with the likes of Spearhead (Michael Franti) & Shihad.

KORA have toured Australia over 20 times and played Pyramid Festival, Sydney Festival, Stone Festival, FreshFest, Playgorund & Quicksilver ProShow 2009.

Recently KORA performed at Koko’s in London, UK, Ireland & Scotland with Crazy P & Norman Jay. 

KORA toured in Japan for 2 Tokyo shows, performances in Minakami and Habuka in early February 2010.  They performed at the Mosaic Festival in Singapore in March 2010. 

They are set to tour the US in June 2011 playing West Coast & Seirra Nevada World Music Festival – this tour will include Hawaii.

KORA have achieved much Radio attention more recently new track “Story Ain’t Over” is now playing on NZ radio and is on A rotate with 5 stations.  2 are mainstream student radio (RDU and Radio Active).  Track “Politician” number one on Croatia FM in 2008 for 3 months!

 “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”...”  the set 2009

“Big Day Out – NZ Band of the day!” Herald 2010

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