Luka Lesson

Luka Lesson

Luke Haralampou, aka Luka Lesson, is a spoken word and Hip-hop artist of Greek heritage from Australia. Over the past four years Luka has released two full length albums (Please Resist Me, 2012 + EXIT, 2014) one Greek + English language EP (Πέρασμα|Passage, 2013), and a powerful collection of poetry entitled ‘The Future Ancients’ (2013).

With four years of international touring, 14 Writers’ Festivals, 8 years of workshop experience and almost ten years of writing under his belt, Luka has written commissions and performed for the likes of The Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe (NYC), The National Gallery of Victoria (AUS), Trinity International Hip-hop Festival (USA), Greece’s pioneer Hip-hop group ‘Active Member’, South Africa’s ‘OneBlood Festival’ and China’s most celebrated living poet Xi Chuan in Beijing. He is also the Australian Poetry Slam Champion of 2011 and Melbourne Overload Poetry Festival Slam Champion of 2010.

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Academically Luka holds a first-class honours degree from Monash University and has taught side-by-side with Indigenous educators and staff at the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies. He has co-ordinated and spoken at symposia relating to cross-cultural awareness and recently completed a Masters of Sound Design (Poetry Performance) through the Victorian College of the Arts. As a workshop facilitator Luka has assisted thousands of people worldwide to write and perform their work, many for the first time

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1 day ago

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Can't wait to hear the full track. The teaser is AWESOME!!!!!!

Living Artefact ft Kahl Wallis
Thanks to all you legends who have been showing love for the new track 'Living Artefact' featuring Kahl Wallis in Australia this week!

A special thank you also to all the community radio stations australia-wide who have been giving it a spin over the past few days.

Please send a little request to Triple J for me - Text "Luka Lesson - Living Artefact" to 0439 757 555

Pre-order via iTunes on Monday June 26

Respect.

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Living Artefact ft Kahl Wallis

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freakin LOVE this Luka - gold. x

hallofrecords

Yeah barooo!!

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Con el grande INTI en su estudio ayer en Barcelona 🎨

gracias hermano!! #streetartist #inti
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3 days ago

Con el grande INTI en su estudio ayer en Barcelona 🎨 

gracias hermano!! #streetartist #inti

New single alert 🚨

#LivingArtefact featuring Kahl Wallis will be getting a spin on triple j Roots and All tonight from 10pm, before pre-orders go online June 26.

🏛🏺🖤

#newmusic

Produced by Billy Hoyle
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4 days ago

New single alert 🚨

#LivingArtefact featuring Kahl Wallis will be getting a spin on triple j Roots and All tonight from 10pm, before pre-orders go online June 26. 

🏛🏺🖤 

#newmusic 

Produced by Billy Hoyle

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Always love your new sh+t, brother

Time to live our lives to the fullest while we are still here I guess. Feeling so full after two hard but important weeks mourning and honouring our special poet/sister 🌊🌊📝.

I've just landed in Spain for some much needed chill time with my lady 😘 the next ten days all posts will be en Español while I get my practice on 😎.

Puro amor desde Barcelona! ✌🏽#Cataluña
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6 days ago

Time to live our lives to the fullest while we are still here I guess. Feeling so full after two hard but important weeks mourning and honouring our special poet/sister 🌊🌊📝. 

Ive just landed in Spain for some much needed chill time with my lady 😘 the next ten days all posts will be en Español while I get my practice on 😎. 

Puro amor desde Barcelona! ✌🏽#Cataluña

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Catalonia!!! This is my homeland... Hello from England though, but welcome to beautiful Barcelona, enjoy it lovely couple X🙏🏽✨❤️

Lukas! You are un my city! 🙂 Let me know ir you need sometimes, of course.

Catalonia!!! This is my homeland... Hello from England though, but welcome to beautiful Barcelona, enjoy it lovely couple X🙏🏽✨❤️

Such a great country.

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Today

We burnt fire and sparked flames for you

We raised glasses and held salutes for you

We opened our hearts and held our arteries clear for you

And those that hardly knew you felt like your best friend

And those that hardly spoke to you felt like your disciples

We donned suits and tied back tears for you

Long enough to speak poems and share cinematic memories of you

Today

We dug the earth and she made way for you

We danced you down the line, held you up to the sky, lowered you back into the womb of the earth
and while we honoured our great sadness
we all felt your great relief.

Today

The cemetery was your classroom

Today you taught us all transition

We sung songs and played instruments for you

We hugged people we never knew and kissed strangers on the lips for you

We held the dirt in our palms and knew it was a piece of you

We planted new seeds and remembered everything works in cycles

And the children were allowed to play

And the children were allowed to cry and run away

Today

We gathered and were guided

We wept and were heard

We stood in front of the great mirror called death, and held each other there, without judgement. Only with our love for you. Facing the truth.

Today

We found strength we never knew we had

We were shown strength we never thought we'd see

And we followed you
Like a stingray in the shallows

And we still follow you
Like a stingray, even in the deep.
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1 week ago

Today

We burnt fire and sparked flames for you

We raised glasses and held salutes for you

We opened our hearts and held our arteries clear for you 

And those that hardly knew you felt like your best friend

And those that hardly spoke to you felt like your disciples 

We donned suits and tied back tears for you

Long enough to speak poems and share cinematic memories of you

Today

We dug the earth and she made way for you

We danced you down the line, held you up to the sky, lowered you back into the womb of the earth 
and while we honoured our great sadness
we all felt your great relief. 

Today

The cemetery was your classroom

Today you taught us all transition 

We sung songs and played instruments for you

We hugged people we never knew and kissed strangers on the lips for you

We held the dirt in our palms and knew it was a piece of you

We planted new seeds and remembered everything works in cycles 

And the children were allowed to play

And the children were allowed to cry and run away

Today

We gathered and were guided 

We wept and were heard

We stood in front of the great mirror called death, and held each other there, without judgement. Only with our love for you. Facing the truth. 

Today

We found strength we never knew we had

We were shown strength we never thought wed see

And we followed you
Like a stingray in the shallows

And we still follow you
Like a stingray, even in the deep.

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I can't post your image I can't speak your name I can't breath Your dirt's in my hair Salt waters in my eyes And we cry rivers. Yirridja Ngarrama ONE RED BLOOD

Beautiful. Thanks for posting this Bianca Campbell.

🙏🏼 may their memory be eternal

Beautiful ❤

So moving.. so beautiful ❤️

Beautiful 🌅

Really beautiful

👏

Words that connected with me....beautifully put❤

Tara Di Matteo Boyd

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Some people shine so bright
They wake up in the middle of the night
And decide to become the sun

If we are lucky
We are called from our beds to see them rise
Or we knew them before they were blinding

If we are lucky
We know exactly which shade of purple
They will streak across the waves and skies

If we are lucky
We will paint ourselves in their pigments
On our darkest days

Bathe in their brightness
Learn to cover our own skins with their hues
Spray-can-tag every street corner and train carriage
Every West End gutter
And every grain of Wurnal sand
With everything we know of how they loved us

If we are lucky
We will keep laughing at the jokes she made
We will burn incense and remember her name
We will recognise her in the kaleidoscopic skies
We will turn her fleeting colours and life into a monument

A compass

A new language

Silver-plated driftwood

Or a turquoise stream

If we are lucky
We will keep the fires burning for her memory
We will keep our eyes closed to see her face
We will keep the windows open for her spirit to revisit us

And notice when the sunrise splashes purple on the waves.
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Some people shine so bright 
They wake up in the middle of the night
And decide to become the sun

If we are lucky
We are called from our beds to see them rise
Or we knew them before they were blinding 

If we are lucky
We know exactly which shade of purple  
They will streak across the waves and skies 

If we are lucky
We will paint ourselves in their pigments
On our darkest days

Bathe in their brightness
Learn to cover our own skins with their hues
Spray-can-tag every street corner and train carriage
Every West End gutter 
And every grain of Wurnal sand  
With everything we know of how they loved us

If we are lucky 
We will keep laughing at the jokes she made 
We will burn incense and remember her name
We will recognise her in the kaleidoscopic skies 
We will turn her fleeting colours and life into a monument

A compass

A new language

Silver-plated driftwood   

Or a turquoise stream 

If we are lucky 
We will keep the fires burning for her memory
We will keep our eyes closed to see her face
We will keep the windows open for her spirit to revisit us

And notice when the sunrise splashes purple on the waves.

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Luan Williams, this poem reminded me of the purple sky and sea you shared this week x

So beautiful. Always love your words Luka. Thank you for helping me to find mine.

❤ this is perfect

Amazing

Beautiful. Xx

🙏🏼💛

Incredible mate! Tara Di Matteo Boyd

Nene Lurie

Ainslie Morrison

Adam Lloyd

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I have a thousand poems pounding in my head for you

I have one million lines drilling in my mind

I have one hundred phrases bleeding in my eyes for you

But if I write one word down
it will mean what they have told me is not a lie

I have one Kabalko Sunrise shimmering in my heart for you

And if I hold this camera steady
I might just catch you in the light

The world has one more constellation
To hang a new myth upon
One new goddess to answer when we cry

One more piece of white clay to swallow with the morning
One bitter pill we know will help us rise
I have one more shell to pray to on my alter though

one more friend to honour in the fight

I have one more reason to question all I thought I knew
One more camp dog to chase me on my darkest nights

I have one more angel to weigh down my right shoulder though
One more poet to push my pen when it will not write
I have one more spirit to listen to
When I'm lost and need a guide

And may your spirit be guided
Far past the horizons
of the sufferings of life.

You were always the waves crashing on my thighs

You were always the stingray
Watching over us beneath the tides
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2 weeks ago

I have a thousand poems pounding in my head for you

I have one million lines drilling in my mind

I have one hundred phrases bleeding in my eyes for you

But if I write one word down
it will mean what they have told me is not a lie

I have one Kabalko Sunrise shimmering in my heart for you

And if I hold this camera steady
I might just catch you in the light

The world has one more constellation
To hang a new myth upon
One new goddess to answer when we cry

One more piece of white clay to swallow with the morning 
One bitter pill we know will help us rise 
I have one more shell to pray to on my alter though

one more friend to honour in the fight

I have one more reason to question all I thought I knew 
One more camp dog to chase me on my darkest nights

I have one more angel to weigh down my right shoulder though 
One more poet to push my pen when it will not write 
I have one more spirit to listen to
When Im lost and need a guide

And may your spirit be guided 
Far past the horizons 
of the sufferings of life. 

You were always the waves crashing on my thighs

You were always the stingray
Watching over us beneath the tides

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Ma xxxxx thankyou

Man you've done it again. Blown me away, new favourite! What's the title of this poem? Gonna be a video?

Rest easy beautiful goddess 💔

hope your heart is ok luka x

Jonathon Mew Jeunae Rogers 💜

Di Yulawirri Hall ❤️💔❤️

Sarah Mckenzie

Mandala Diehl

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Hey Melbourne! Vince Colosimo II just arrived and will be giving a workshop and performance at the Immigration Museum on Flinders St today from 12-3pm. Come be effnik with us.

Workshop 12-1pm
Performance 2-3pm
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3 weeks ago

Hey Melbourne! Vince Colosimo II just arrived and will be giving a workshop and performance at the Immigration Museum on Flinders St today from 12-3pm. Come be effnik with us. 

Workshop 12-1pm
Performance 2-3pm

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I liked when you played Neville Bartos in Chopper! Your range is outta sight

Luka Lesson, you are back in town. Where you should be - you are amazing

Salute.

Dr. Bilal Philips
You wont believe what this politician from #Canada does in #Ramadan!
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3 weeks ago

Dr. Bilal Philips

An 11 year old student watching my performance today sticks his hand up and tells me:

"This isn't a question but more kinda like a comment:

In today's world people make it seem like being sad is wrong.

But it's normal isn't it?

Like, people take anti-depressants, and pretend they aren't sad because it is seen as bad - but then they also say, 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger'.

But how will they learn to be stronger if they don't let themselves feel sad?"

He took a while to get all that out, he was looking down at the floor and his hands like he was trying to find the words and wasn't sure if he'd made his point. Or if what he was saying was worth anything.

Everyone waited respectfully because they knew he was saying something scary and the room had changed atmosphere because of it.

I told him that I hadn't taken anti-depressants before, so I don't want to say they are all bad, but I do think there is a stigma around sadness and that poetry is what I use to learn from my sadness and solidify the lessons I was meant to learn from those experiences. And that poetry is not the only way to do this.

He nodded his head and the girl next to him said:

"Yes but sir, sadness and depression are not always the same thing."

There was a relief in the class, the elephant had been named and a discussion had been opened.

And then the bell rang, as if to stop us from getting too deep on school grounds.

I shook their hands as they walked out.

The teachers told me they couldn't wait to get to class and continue the conversation.

I really hope they did.
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something I wrote last week > Only The Mentally ILL and the disconnected from themselves can be at "Peace" w/the "whirled" at large.. when people are able to ignore this level of orchestrated SUFFERING perpetrated on all Life by a tiny fraction of the population to maintain financial supremacy over their neighbor it is NOT Mental Health that they display but trauma based Mind Control.. This mass indifference towards the plight of all life signifies a collective brain damage in those who view their world as such and not rationale.. js those who are at "Peace" w/the "whirled" are Willingly unconscious of themselves and one another and not ascended or awakened.. only the Dead can live w/the dead in relative "peace"..

This. 🙌 Sharing with Teachers and my Early Childhood Educator colleagues tomorrow. And Adults need to give themselves a break and remind themselves of this too.

This is exactly what I needed to hear. I have an 11 yr old. He's been really sad lately. I keep trying to help him "fix" it. But this...

Eleni Christolenis This is one of the points the speaker was making tonight

what a precious gift you received and gave in return

I wish we'd had this discussion at my school.

What an opportunity!

Man... I'm so glad you exist.

so good. give them space to speak and the answers will come.

Wow, incredible. Brave kids ❤

Pixie Testo Ashlee Jade Ellis

Sarah Mckenzie

Bravo Luka

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