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July 24, 2006 | by  | in Features | [ssba]

Kora! Kora! Kora!

EHARA AHAU i te tangata matatau ki te ao o te waiata, ēngari…!

I te Hatarei kātahia anō ka pahure, i rāngonahia te pārekarekatanga o te pēne kua hangaia e nga tungāne e whā a Stu, Brad, Laughton ratou ko Fran anō hokite kaiwhakatangi i te reo pānguru a Dan McGruer.

Ko te āhua o ā rātou waiata he ranunga mai i te R&B, Hip Hop me te Reggae, ā, kua whakatīnana hoki te āhuatanga o ngā waiata, he waiata no te tangata whenua.

I whakatūwhera te konohete e tētahi rōpū mai i Poneke, ā, ko ngā Beatrootz tērā. I whakangahau rātou i mua i te rāhi o te tira, (ā, ko te 10 tangata tērā) e kore e taea te kanikani.

Ko te rōpū i whakangahau i mua tonu i a Kora ko Pacific Base Culture.

I te rite tonu te tangi o a rātou waiata ki tā tērā o Fat Freddys Drop, ā, i rata tonu ngā kaimātakitaki ki a rātou, ka wani kē!

I te taenga mai o Kora ki runga i te ātāmira, i te hihiko rawa ngā kaimātakitaki, kāore ahau i te mōhio mēnā na te haurangi o te rahi he aha rānei, ēngari kei te mōhio ahau i runga kē ahau i te kapua tuaiwa e rere ana. Atu i tērā i tumeke katoa ahau i taku kitenga atu i a Kora.

I te mīharo hoki ahau ki te pai o te konohete, nā te mea ko te nuinga o nga konohete e tū ana i te Whare Wānanga he maroke rawa rānei he pāngu.

Ko te waiata tuatahi i waiatatia e Kora ko te Politician.

He waiata rongonui e rāngona i nga Reo Irirangi katoa o te motu, ā, kua nui hoki ngā tāonga mo te ao waiata kua whītikihia e rātou.

Ko taua waiata he waiata e kaha ngākanuia e te iwi Māori, nā te mea ko ngā kupu o te waiata ka pēnei, “Poli, poli, poli, politician, can you make a right decision.” I pai hoki tā rātou ripene whakaata.

He rawe tā rātou LP. Inā puta atu ki ngā toa kia matāra koutou ki te hoko.

Tūmeke Kora! Kāore ahau i te mohio he aha ratou e kore rongonui a ao ana.

FIRSTLY, I don’t know the first thing when it comes to music, but I know what I like. And I like Kora.

The name Kora comes from the band members themselves, four of them being brothers, Stu, Brad, Laughton and Fran Kora, and along with their bass player Dan McGruer they rocked Student Union Hall last Saturday.

Their music is a mixture of reggae, R&B and hip hop and has been described as tangata whenua music, with lingering tunes that are constantly playing over and over in your head.

I was actually quite surprised by the concert because it was actually good and I’m used to uni events being, well… quite dry.

The band that played before Kora, Pacific Base Culture was real good as well. Their music was Fat Freddy-sounding and the crowd loved it, so by the time Kora came out the crowd was pumping and Kora didn’t disappoint.

I would recommend Kora.and for those who are committed to supporting awesome New Zealand music then get out and buy their up-coming CD, or indulge in the harmonious rhythm and vocals of their selftitled debut EP Volume.

After the success of Trinity Roots and Fat Freddy’s Drop, I’m curious as to why Kora are not just as famous. Now that New Zealand music has showed its form lets relish in music that is uniquely Aotearoa.


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