Laughton Kora

New Zealand

Laughton Kora, with his incredible voice and immense talent has been at the forefront of New Zealand music for over the past decade.Laughton has been playing music since the age of 6 appearing on stage as part of his father’s band until 17 years old when he won Smoke Free Rock Quest. His band Aunty Beatrice toured New Zealand and released a single.He moved to Queenstown and formed Soul Charge with members KP (Sunshine Sound System) and P Digsss (Shapeshifter). In 2001 he headed
to Wellington and formed KORA (2003-2012) with his brothers.Laughton performed at The Big Day Out 3 times and featured alongside Tool & Dizzee Rascal. Other performances include; the Vodafone Music Awards, WOMAD UK, WOMAD Aust. &WOMAD NZ. Crazy P, Cabaret Voltaire, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Shapeshifter & Shihad. He toured Australia consistently and played Pyramid Festival, Sydney Festival, Stone Festival, FreshFest, Playgorund & Quicksilver ProShow 2009. He has performed at Koko’s in London, UK, Ireland & Scotland with Crazy P & Norman Jay. Other overseas tours include Japan for 2 Tokyo shows, performances in Minakami and Habuka in early February 2010 and Mosaic Festival in Singapore. In the USA, a full West Coast Tour including Sierra Nevada Music Festival.During the reign of KORA, Laughton also played in band The Heavy Metal Ninja’s with guitarist Richie Allen. HMN opened for both Shihad, Coheed and Cambria.In 2013 Laughton forged ahead with his own solo project and has also formed duo Neon Ninja with Andy Keys (ex Op Shop). The summer of 2013/14 saw Laughton perform at BW Campgrounds, Rhythm & Vines NYE & Music at Matua Festival. In 2014 Laughton was the lead in the TVNZ mini series "Coverband" followed closely by his critically acclaimed performance in the Auckland Theatre Company's "Jesus Christ Superstar" as Judas.