20 Essential NZ Releases

KORA 'EP Volume'

KORA ‘EP Volume’


Kora first got started back in the 90s when the Whakatane raised Kora brothers entered and won the Smokefree Rockquest under the name Aunty Beatrice. In 2002 Laughton and Francis Kora recorded the track ‘Barely Can See’ with Dan McGruer and Lilou, a Madagascan tourist, for LOOP Select 004 compilation with Wellington-based record label Recordings Aot(ear)oa. The track, released under the name Kora, received such a positive response from critics that it buoyed on the recording of ‘EP Volume’ with all four brothers and Dan.  The EP was released in 2004 and included the tracks ‘Burning’ and ‘Politician’ which immediately achieved mainstream popularity. ‘Politician’ is still regularly dug out by Base FM DJs, especially as a song that so often sums up our feelings about the local political climate.

‘EP Volume’ reached No. 4 on the IMNZ charts and led to the band touring the country and headlining festivals such as Kaikoura Roots and Soundsplash.


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