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Sat 2 Aug 2008–Sun 3 Aug 2008, 8:00pm–12:00pm

Where: Lake Wanaka Centre, 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $40.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Anneke Stewart

Kora is playing at the Lake Wanaka Centre, supported by DJ Woosh, as part of the Gravis Open Sessions.

Don't miss out on what is going to be the event in the Lakes District this 2008 winter.

Kora are a five-piece band with huge live presence – vocal harmonies sailing on a powerhouse rhythm section. Solid musicians, the four brothers and Dan, hail from Wellington and Whakatane.

Kora are; Laughton Kora on vocals, guitar and keys; Francis Kora on bass and vocals; Stuart Kora on guitar and vocals; Brad Kora on drums; and Dan McGruer on keys and bass.

Two of the four musical brothers from the Kora family, Laughton and Brad, began playing together in the early 1990s in a band called Aunty Beatrice.

They won the National Rock Quest high school competition in 1991 and the East Coast region of the Battle of the Bands three years running.

Dan McGruer studied commercial music at Whitireia Community College and is the only non-related member of Kora. He first hooked up with Laughton when they performed together in Queenstown band Soul Charge playing and writing their own music.

In 2001 Laughton and Dan went out on their own, recording four tracks including Crazy Things and Barely Can See with guest artist Lilou from Madagascar. Barely Can See has been released on Loop’s 2002 Select 004 and on the EMI 2004 compilation - Conscious Roots which has since gone platinum.

In 2002, Kora was formed as a five-piece, with brothers Brad, Francis and Stu. Kora recorded their music video Politician after winning Coke Cola’s Launchpad and have been featured in several documentaries including TVNZ’s the Living Room in April 2004. 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 eight.

The Band headed to the studio mid 2004 to lay down a limited edition EP for both their home market and 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 Shock in Australia, and Shiva Records in the UK.

Kora have performed at NZ shows including The Big Day Out, Rhythm amd Vines, Soundsplash and Splore, and WOMAD 2008.

They have played with the likes of Spearhead (Michael Franti) and Shihad.

Kora visited Australia for the first time during April 2005 with Salmonella Dub and Fat Freddy’s Drop and subsequently touring in Aug 2007 to sell-out shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Byron Bay.

Kora returned on 30 December 2007 to attend the Pyramid Festival in Victoria.

They have just returned from a September 2007 show at Koko’s in London and Scotland with Crazy P and Norman Jay.

Kora is performing on the international WOMAD circuit which includes: WOMADelaide, WOMAD NZ and WOMAD UK.

They picked up a 2006 bNet Award for their radio release of “Flow”.

Kora’s debut self-titled album was released in NZ on 15th October 2007 and shot straight to the top of the Official NZ charts – debuting in the Number 1 slot and has reached PLATINUM sales. UK release date 14 July 2008. Kora are showing no signs 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” . . . ” The Set 2007

“Kora is a force to be reckoned. The band’s funky, dub and reggae beats and awesome vocal harmonies have gained them a hug fan base.” Sticky Pictures for The Living Room TV2.

“Undoubtedly one to watch for the future, Kora are a band that’s spread out both geographically and sonically.” The Package Feb 06.

“Kora had an amazing presence, rich vocal harmonies and a uniquely pacific flavour. These boys were a highlight and next year will be a headlining act” Live.

“KORA rock! . . . have seen these guys go from strength to strength from Whakatane back in the day . . . keep it up” The Source 2005.