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Kora

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Kora started drawing attention in 2004 with the release of the Volume EP in 2004 and the band quickly developed a reputation as being one of the nation's finest live acts. Early track Politician remains the band’s biggest Spotify hit with over 5 million streams.

Kora’s acclaim only grew with the release of their two records. Their double-platinum debut album Kora entered the charts at #1 on release in October 2007 and finally left the charts 57 weeks later in March 2009. Quickly on its heels was a Kora! Kora! Kora! remix LP by Sheffield based post-punk electronic innovators Cabaret Voltaire.

The long-awaited 2012 follow up LP Light Years continued to show the band's ability to fuse a multitude of influences, from reggae to heavy metal to dirty south hip hop. This album went on to achieve platinum sales and to cement Kora as a top tier act in their home country.

In the years since, between live appearances, the band pursued a multitude of side projects, the last release the rock radio favorite Carolina in 2016 showing an appetite for the band's unique material that remains as strong as ever.

Songwriting for new releases began in 2019, and new material has been received exceptionally well at recent shows. A fresh line-up based around long term members Fran Kora, Dan McGruer and Richie Allan has blossomed with the addition of some of the hottest musicians in the country in Darren Mathiassen (TrinityRoots, Hollie Smith, Shapeshifter) and Marika Hodgson (Hollie Smith, Troy Kingi, Alae) and Karlos Tunks (Moana and The Tribe, Modern Maori Quartet).

Band Members:
Francis Kora
Dan McGruer
Richie Allan
Darren Mathiassen
Marika Hodgson
Karlos Tunks

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  • Whakatane

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Llips

Joined: 09/09/08
Posts: 4
Location: Auckland
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Gigs
Posted: Tue Sep 9, 2008 12:19 pm
Sup Kora!
Recon you'll be playing any gigs in Weli swometime soon? Surprised
 

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