Kora (from left) guitarist-vocalist Stuart Kora, bass
guitar player-keyboardist-effects Dan McGruer,
guitarist-vocalist Laughton Kora, bass guitar
player-vocalist Francis Kora and drummer-vocalist Brad Kora
bring their formidable live act to the Shotover Sunshine
Festival, near Queenstown on February 9. Photo supplied.
Kora headlining the Shotover Sunshine Festival on
February 9 will double as the first homecoming in years for the
chart-topping, globe-trotting band which formed in Queenstown
just over a decade ago.
Calling from an Auckland cafe this week, Dan McGruer, on bass
guitar, keyboards and effects pedals, said he and the Kora
brothers and bandmates were excited to play Wakatipu's
homegrown open-air music festival.
''It's a time musicians can catch up with each other because
we're all friends and Simon [Hendl, also known as Downtown
Brown] who's putting on this festival, is a really good
friend of ours and he really looks after us,'' McGruer said.
''Simon's a musician himself and he's really well known in
the industry and he's got a lot of respect. The artists he
can draw for his festival are quite impressive. It's a great
''It's just a really good vibe and environment down there and
we're excited to be a part of it.''
Queenstown was where McGruer and Laughton Kora created the
nucleus of what became Kora at the turn of the century.
''Queenstown is the place we would always call home. I lived
there for nine years, and same with Laughton.
''We were getting picked up by a few record companies, but we
didn't have any musicians. We'd record all the drum parts,
guitar parts and key parts. It was just the two of us.
''Laughton mentioned he had these brothers who play music and
I met his brothers and instantly clicked and we took it from
Asked what up to 5000 party people can look forward to from
Kora, McGruer said the band would be performing songs at
Shotover Sunshine Festival they had never played live before.
''Half of the set is really new for us, anyway. A lot of the
songs we've only played half a dozen times, so it's going to
be really fresh for us.
''We'll be making up our set in the next few days, going over
what songs we're going to play and how we're going to run the
show. It's going to be very new.''
Need to know
Shotover Sunshine Festival, Saturday, February 9, noon to
1am, Coronet Peak end of Littles Rd, near Arthurs Point.
Featuring Kora, the Black Seeds, Tiki Taane (acoustic set),
Ladi 6, Sola Rosa, AHoriBuzz, the Upbeats with MC Tiki,
Sunshine Sound System, Funkommunity, Peacekeepers featuring
P-Digsss, Bora and Nicky Research, Soulsystem, Rhythmonyx,
K+Lab and Analog MC and Turbohag, with host MC KPz. Tickets
available from the festival website and Dash Tickets online,
plus In the Pink, Queenstown, and Base, Wanaka.