Over the past 15-odd years, KORA’s futuristic heavy soul vs. rock reggae sound has saved many a Kiwi summer – banishing dark skies and flash floods by way of stonking grooves and deep dub vibrations.

The 5-piece band of literal and figurative brothers has been a summer circuit staple since its inception in the early 2000s, and this season will be no exception. Kora will be lighting up festival stages across Aotearoa’s North Island.

In March, the band will be a part of 2019’s WOMAD world music festival in Taranaki on the 17th, before ending on a local note – playing Homegrown in Wellington on the 22nd

WOMAD NZ Taranaki Mar 17th
Homegrown Wellington Mar 22nd

As one of New Zealand’s best-known live bands, Kora are well known for giving energetic performances of their signature Kiwi tracks. Formed in 2001, their songs are known by most New Zealanders, firmly establishing them as one of NZ’s musical household names for the past fifteen years.

Kora are confident both on stage and in the recording studio, and with good reason – they have (so far) claimed a platinum EP, a double platinum debut album, and two of their albums peaking at #1 on the the New Zealand Top 40 album chart. Their sound straddles multiple genres, from reggae to metal, soul, and funk; but at their core, Kora’s unique and electric sound fits no pigeonhole.

Band Members

Laughton Kora, Stuart Kora, Francis Kora, Bradley Kora, Dan McGruer, Joe Brownless


2004 – Volume EP (Platinum)
2007 – Kora (Double Platinum, peaked at #1 NZ Top 40 album chart)
2009 – Kora!Kora!Kora! Cabaret Voltaire Sessions
2012 – Light Years (peaked at #1 NZ Top 40 album chart, #1 iTunes album chart)

KORA - Carolina

KORA Hit The Wall Video