Laughton Kora

  • When: 7th Mar
  • Where: Tangata Whenua Stage
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Laughton plays keyboard, guitar, bass, harmonica, drums, lead and back-up vocals & can do back flips and breathe fire!

He has been playing music since the age of 6, appearing on stage as part of his father’s band until 17 years old He won Smoke Free Rock Quest with his band Aunty Beatrice toured New Zealand and released a single. He moved to Queenstown and formed Soul Charge KP (Sunshine Sound System) and PDiggs (Shapeshifter).

In 2001 he headed to Wellington and formed KORA (2003-2012) with his brothers performing at The Big Day Out (x 3) alongside Tool & Dizzee Rascal. 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. He has performed at Koko’s in London, 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. The USA – full West Coast Tour including Sierra Nevada Music Festival.

Laughton formed side-band The Heavy Metal Ninja’s with guitarist Richie Allen. HMN opened for both Shihad, Coheed and Cambria.

Laughton (2013) has forged ahead with his own solo career as Producer (Music), Acting & Directing (Theatre, TV & Dance), Mentor/Teacher & Live Music Performance.