Kora Profile

Peter McLennan
Published: 20 May 2013
Updated: 1 Sep 2020

Formed around the four Kora brothers – Laughton, Francis, Brad and Stuart and their mate Dan McGruer (labelled the “token white dude” by the brothers, who are Māori) – Kora are renowned for their blazing live performances along with their incredible vocal harmonies.

The tightness of their live show is hardly surprising, given the brothers have been playing together for decades, since they were wee lads. Their previous incarnation was an early 90s band called Aunty Beatrice, featuring several of the Kora brothers. They won the Smokefree Rockquest in 1991. Going back even further, several of the Kora brothers started out playing in their father’s pub band – Laughton first got on stage when he was six. 

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View from the drum riser, Kora at Womad, Taranaki, March 2019.
Photo credit: Jordan Hales
Fran Kora fronting Kora at Womad, Taranaki, March 2019.
Photo credit: Jordan Hales
Watch Skankenstein (2007)
Carolina
Flow
Dan McGruer, Kora, Womad, Taranaki, March 2019.
Photo credit: Jordan Hales
Fran Kora fronting Kora at Womad, Taranaki, March 2019.
Photo credit: Jordan Hales
Kora, Cabaret Voltaire ‎– Kora! Kora! Kora! (The Cabaret Voltaire Versions) – 2009
The audience for Kora, Womad, Taranaki, March 2019.
Photo credit: Jordan Hales
Fran Kora fronting Kora at Womad, Taranaki, March 2019.
Photo credit: Jordan Hales
Story Ain't Over
Politician
Kora - EP Volume (2004)
Kora 2014
Kora - Light Years (2012)
Candy Cane (Live at La De Da)
Kora at Womad, Taranaki, March 2019.
Photo credit: Jordan Hales
Kora, 2020.
Photo credit: Publicity photo
Rip It Up cover
Drop Dead Killer
Secret Lover
Members:

Laughton Kora - vocals, guitar, keys

Francis Kora - bass, vocals

Stuart Kora - guitar, vocals

Brad Kora - drums

Dan McGruer - keys, bass

Labels:

Loop Recordings


Shiva Records


Kora Ltd

Trivia:

Several of the Kora band are involved in a side project, The Heavy Metal Ninjas, formed in 2010 and fronted by their soundman, Richie Allen.