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Francis Kora

Composer, Arranger, Performer, Māori Composer

Biography

Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Pūkeko

Originally hailing from Whakatane, four musical brothers from the Kora family--Laughton, Francis, Stuart and Brad--began playing together as a band in the early 1990s under the name Auntie Beatrice, winning the national Rockquest high school band competition in 1991 and the East Coast region Battle Of The Bands three years running, and also earning a release on Tangata Records for their efforts.

In early 2002, Kora's core members Laughton and Francis recorded a four-song demo with Queenstown muso Dan McGruer, who also joined them on bass guitar and keyboards. The Volume EP was released in 2004, and the band quickly developed a reputation as being one of the nation's finest live acts.

A debut LP followed in 2007--the eponymous Kora--which went to number 1 in the New Zealand charts, spent a year in the top 40 and reached double-platinum status. Live performances at festivals including the Big Day Out cemented their reputation as a live force in New Zealand and beyond. Quickly on its heels was Kora! Kora! Kora!, a 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 influence, 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.

Other projects have included a strong presence in the Modern Maori Quartet for many years and multiple acting roles, including 'The Pā Boys', and playing war hero John Pohe in 2008 documentary 'Turangaarere: The John Pohe Story'.


Composed (32)

Anzac Tribute

Co-Composed with Modern Māori Quartet, 4m 37s


Blame You

Co-Composed with Modern Māori Quartet, 3m 49s


Burning

Co-Composed with KORA, 5m 30s


Carolina

Co-Composed with KORA, 3m 53s


Come To Me

Co-Composed with Modern Māori Quartet, 3m 22s


Crazy Things

Co-Composed with KORA, 4m 27s


Culture

Co-Composed with KORA, 6m 30s


Don't Fall In Love

Co-Composed with Modern Māori Quartet, 4m 47s


Drop Dead Killer

Co-Composed with KORA, 3m 47s


Flow

Co-Composed with KORA, 7m 8s


Haere Rā Anō

Co-Composed with Modern Māori Quartet, 1m 21s


Hit The Wall

Co-Composed with KORA, 4m 6s


Home

Featured in The Pā Boys Movie, 2m 32s


Inspiration

Featured in The Pā Boys Movie, 2m 49s


Kai Song

Co-Composed with Modern Māori Quartet, 2m 32s


Last Generation

Co-Composed with KORA, 9m 6s


Little Star

Co-Composed with KORA, 6m 1s


Love In The Shadows

Co-Composed with KORA, 3m 41s


Māreikura

Co-Composed with Modern Māori Quartet, 3m 35s


On My Mind

Co-Composed with KORA, 3m 55s


Outta Here

Co-Composed with Modern Māori Quartet, 3m 59s


Politician

Co-Composed with KORA, 4m 41s


Punching

Co-Composed with Modern Māori Quartet, 4m 32s


Secret Lover

Co - Composed with KORA, 3m 3s


See Me

Co-Composed with KORA, 3m 37s


Shine

Co-Composed with Modern Māori Quartet, 4m 31s


Skankenstein

Co-Composed with KORA, 4m 20s


Story Aint Over

Co-Composed with KORA, 3m 30s


The Delivery Man

Co-Composed with KORA, 4m 27s


Upon A Star

Co-Composed with Modern Māori Quartet, 3m 30s


War

Co-Composed with KORA, 5m 15s


We Wanna Wish Yous A Māori Christmas

Co-Composed with Modern Māori Quartet, 2m 35s



Resources (146)

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