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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Writing prompt ✍🏽 Answer this question: What will become of us?

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What will become of us once the dust settles and the noise subsides? Will all we love be held safe within our chests or will we forget the things that really matter? What will become of us when the storm moves out and sunnier days return? Will we cut the roots that held us steady, unwavering in the face of adversity or will we continue to grow in grace? What will become of us? Just take my hand and realize that together we can help others to rise.

We will become the sum of our compassion, calculated by every heart beat whispered against the roofs of our mouths where our tongue sticks to say "I'm sorry" and as we stutter in our footsteps of infancy learning to walk with the pain of another not burdened but lightened against dark's long fingers who twists with our shadows and trips us with shame and guilt. But the sum of you and me is the multiplication of mercy. Come, walk, I wish to learn from you and in this sum may there be no division subtract the bitterness of my heart so kindred soul we may live in harmony.

Rebels will rise with fire in their bellies, love in their hearts and awareness in their minds to plant seeds, raise our voices to wake us and shake us as we rise our vibration to our new earth. <3

We will resonate in beautiful harmony, and we will clash in tragic disharmony, until our melody ends, and our notes inspire future compositions.

We will guide the wise sapients into a state of open hearts

Every one of us shall perish, but not without leaving a digital footprint, forever stored in the cloud.

All depends on the size of your foot

It's up to us...all of us.

We will die

....starting now.

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Αχ Ελλάδα. Missing the motherland deeply this year. Love to my friends and family in Greece enjoying half the tourists, making it feel like twice the summer. 🌊

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2 months ago

I'm performing a straight spoken word set after the brother Dobby does his live set for 4Elements HipHop Project - 4ESydney.

Enjoy.

NIRIN Special: WARRANGU; River Story by DOBBY & spoken word set by Luka Lesson
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2 months ago

You all know by now I don’t do ‘music industry’ drama, poetry beef or other kinds of unsolicited bullshieet too well. 

I do community. The people. The good humans and relatives I know and don’t know - but feel the connection to and from. That’s you. 

That’s what I do.

So I appreciate all the love I’ve been getting from the latest poem/video ‘Gems’. 💎 it means everything to me and my li’l team. 

And the good news is I now have 144 patrons - 256 shy of my aim of 400. 

With 400 patrons I would be able to cover my basic expenses per month to free me up to make more good things like this clip without compromising or giving a shit about:

“What kind of artist are you tho?”

“Are you a rapper or a poet or wha?”

“Why don’t you write songs that will sell, sell, sell?”

“Maybe you should try being less deep/political/complex and just write that shallow shit the kids love” 

Bleh. 🤮 

I make what I make and I do it for the betterment of the people. I do complex shit to respect the intellect of my fans/community. I do deep and vulnerable so young men and women know that’s it’s ok to be the same, I talk politics because I believe it to be my duty as a privileged man. 

My purpose, service and dreams align to make me the artist that I am. And I believe that means I can continue for many years to come - without a desire to be rich and famous, but a desire to have impact and come from love. 

To join my team, and help drive my purpose, join us at www.patreon.com/lukalesson 

If you can’t afford $6 a month, but want to help - just share the hell out of my work and I’ll give you the best of what I can create anyway. 

Much love everyone, stay safe. 

Luka.

You all know by now I don’t do ‘music industry’ drama, poetry beef or other kinds of unsolicited bullshieet too well.

I do community. The people. The good humans and relatives I know and don’t know - but feel the connection to and from. That’s you.

That’s what I do.

So I appreciate all the love I’ve been getting from the latest poem/video ‘Gems’. 💎 it means everything to me and my li’l team.

And the good news is I now have 144 patrons - 256 shy of my aim of 400.

With 400 patrons I would be able to cover my basic expenses per month to free me up to make more good things like this clip without compromising or giving a shit about:

“What kind of artist are you tho?”

“Are you a rapper or a poet or wha?”

“Why don’t you write songs that will sell, sell, sell?”

“Maybe you should try being less deep/political/complex and just write that shallow shit the kids love”

Bleh. 🤮

I make what I make and I do it for the betterment of the people. I do complex shit to respect the intellect of my fans/community. I do deep and vulnerable so young men and women know that’s it’s ok to be the same, I talk politics because I believe it to be my duty as a privileged man.

My purpose, service and dreams align to make me the artist that I am. And I believe that means I can continue for many years to come - without a desire to be rich and famous, but a desire to have impact and come from love.

To join my team, and help drive my purpose, join us at www.patreon.com/lukalesson

If you can’t afford $6 a month, but want to help - just share the hell out of my work and I’ll give you the best of what I can create anyway.

Much love everyone, stay safe.

Luka.
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Love seeing artists uncompromisingly stand for their intention of why they are drawn to create to begin with! Not fame or fortune but collective expansion. Thanks for helping those of us who are trying to do the same Luka, you inspire me heaps 💯❤💥

Greek Fringe presents: Amalgamation Project (Cyprus) + Luka Lesson (Australia)

Like what you see? Support the artists by buying a ticket through our secure link: tix.yt/Nmy

Become a patron of Greek Fringe www.patreon.com/greekfringefest

Special thanks to Vasilikí Anastasiou & the Amalgamation Choir + Project and Luka Lesson & Amir Paiss

Videography: Clicks n' Films & Arterium

Greek Fringe visual design and web development: Overdue Studio

Live Stream technician: Eyal Chipkiewicz from The Boite with support from Clifton Hill / North Fitzroy Community Bank Branch

THANK YOU / ΕΥΧΑΡΙΣΤΟΥΜΕ
To all our sponsors who share our vision and have made this showcase of contemporary Hellenic culture possible.

Hellenic Museum | The Pappas Post | Greek America Foundation | Just Gold | The Boite | Englezos Accounting\ | MondoBongo Radio
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2 months ago

A little while back I was approached by the good people at Greek Fringe to make something for their global online Greek Fringe Festival. 

I decided to take a risk and film two scenes from an upcoming work: Agapi & Other Kinds of Love. 

The two scenes I chose are:

Scene 3: ‘Erotas / έρωτας’ - a sex scene set in the middle of a riot in Exarcheia, Athens 🔥 

And Scene 4: ‘The Riot / η ταραχή’ where the two protagonists escape their burning building and run through Athens to safety at the foothills of the Acropolis 🏛 🦉 

Both scenes are heavy. I’m proud of them. They rhyme densely along with serving the narrative, which is a great challenge. 

And I have my brother Amir Paissss playing Persian Santoor / Σαντούρι and singing with me as well 🧿

Being a festival that is set to unite all sides of the Greek Diaspora, I could (or possibly should) have chosen something more ‘safe’, more stereotypical or traditional. But, you all know me by now: 

Binding politics, love, history & culture to each other through the prism of poetry has become my practice. 

Also, the two protagonists are ‘Socrates & Diotima’, two reincarnations of an ancient couple found in the a great Ancient Greek text: Plato’s ‘Symposium’ of c380BC. 

No biggie 😬 

The show airs online tomorrow night, is free/by donation and includes an incredible feature performance by the great Amalgamation Choir & Vasiliki Anastasiou whom I respect greatly. 

Go to www.greekfringe.com to get your tickets. 

Με αγάπη. Arteriumrium

A little while back I was approached by the good people at Greek Fringe to make something for their global online Greek Fringe Festival.

I decided to take a risk and film two scenes from an upcoming work: Agapi & Other Kinds of Love.

The two scenes I chose are:

Scene 3: ‘Erotas / έρωτας’ - a sex scene set in the middle of a riot in Exarcheia, Athens 🔥

And Scene 4: ‘The Riot / η ταραχή’ where the two protagonists escape their burning building and run through Athens to safety at the foothills of the Acropolis 🏛 🦉

Both scenes are heavy. I’m proud of them. They rhyme densely along with serving the narrative, which is a great challenge.

And I have my brother Amir Paissss playing Persian Santoor / Σαντούρι and singing with me as well 🧿

Being a festival that is set to unite all sides of the Greek Diaspora, I could (or possibly should) have chosen something more ‘safe’, more stereotypical or traditional. But, you all know me by now:

Binding politics, love, history & culture to each other through the prism of poetry has become my practice.

Also, the two protagonists are ‘Socrates & Diotima’, two reincarnations of an ancient couple found in the a great Ancient Greek text: Plato’s ‘Symposium’ of c380BC.

No biggie 😬

The show airs online tomorrow night, is free/by donation and includes an incredible feature performance by the great Amalgamation Choir & Vasiliki Anastasiou whom I respect greatly.

Go to www.greekfringe.com to get your tickets.

Με αγάπη. Arteriumrium
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It was awesome, thank you 🙏

I'm not able to watch it on Fri. Can we see it another time?

🖊 💃🏻

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2 months ago

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Yes! A reminder to pick up my pen x

Love it!!

😍

Donita Richards ❤️

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'Gems': My ode to spoken word & oral traditions.

Let me know your favourite lines!

Thanks to all my patrons, you made this video possible.

Camera: Arterium
Words: Luka Lesson
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So many great lines! "to the writers and the waves that deliver a new message everytime they break," is a pretty beautiful one. But also that cheeky ending made me laugh out loud. so good. Kate

"I can’t remember half the shit I’ve written of late, so if you steal my shit I’ll probably just think ‘your shit’s great'." LOVE THIS.

"for this is knowledge with no ledge" is one of many standout 'gems' in this clip.

Love it, such clever word play! 🤪

Brilliant buddy. Your shit's great.

“...it’s Rumi mixed with Tupac...”

My face lines : "Besides l can't remember half the shit lve written of late, so if you steal my shit I'll probably think "your shits great" 😂😂😂 got a good laugh out of that, cos l cant remember shit of late either.

damn the dad puns are strong on this one whoop!

I am so greatful to have met in years ago. You inspired me to start writing

Luka! That was fun!! Unfortunately been writing bullshit for ages... waiting for a breakthrough 🙂

Your articulation of languages inspires me for the past 10 years. Thank you so much.

Killing it! El poder de la palabra ⚡️

Epic Luka 🙏

Jacob Farley

Awesome! <3 Bethany Bilowus

"My independence is in the pen dance" amongst soooooo many other clever lines....

You’re genius!!! 🌟

bringing this to my class rooms to fill rooms with class

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Brett Kable Bryan Cooper <3

Hahaha your all fucked in the head

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My ode to spoken word: GEMS.

Thanks to all my patrons, you made this video possible.

Share this one around for me and let me know your favourite lines...

Camera: Arterium
Words: Luka Lesson
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My favourite line: I'd like to send a shout out to my full stops for helping me get to the point.

Ngā mihi Luka Lesson, ."who get sharper every time they get burnt" - immense. ευχαριστώ.

It’s been 5 years since I released an album or book into the world. I’ve been working so hard to make three different projects the best they can be, that I’ve let go of ‘needing’ to put something out into the world just for the sake of it. 

As a well-known rapper once said to me: “I think it’s smart to be a poet rather than a rapper: you can be a poet until the day you die, but you can’t rap forever” 

So I’ve been playing the long game. Hip-hop at my foundation, but a poet at heart.

The best is yet to come, and it will arrive soon enough.

to become a patron of my work and play the long game with me, go to: www.patreon.com/lukalesson

It’s been 5 years since I released an album or book into the world. I’ve been working so hard to make three different projects the best they can be, that I’ve let go of ‘needing’ to put something out into the world just for the sake of it.

As a well-known rapper once said to me: “I think it’s smart to be a poet rather than a rapper: you can be a poet until the day you die, but you can’t rap forever”

So I’ve been playing the long game. Hip-hop at my foundation, but a poet at heart.

The best is yet to come, and it will arrive soon enough.

to become a patron of my work and play the long game with me, go to: www.patreon.com/lukalesson
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2 months ago

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You are loved because you are a power, because you have passion and show us your heart spark. Putting something out is not what it's about. That's your creation and birth if and when you choose. You are you first, authentic and ethical and that is what matters!!! 💖

You speak wisdom. Put into the world your passions and hold to your convictions, whatever the form, your passion is the key. Words. Art. Music.

Why can't you rap when you're old?!

Nice one bro, can't wait to see what you put out

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2 months ago

The latest episode of The Future Ancients Podcast features the great human that is Joe Williams 

Joe is a proud Wiradjuri/Wolgalu, First Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra, raised in Wagga NSW, Australia. He played in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching Joe to professional Boxing in 2009. Joe is a 2x WBF World Jnr Welterweight champion and recently won the WBC Asia Continental Title. 

Joe found himself facing inner demons throughout his professional career which eventually lead him to write his book: ‘Defying The Enemy Within’ and his current work talking about the deep issues that cut to the root of depression, addiction and mental health all across Australia. 

We spoke about:
• joe’s own story 
• how to overcome adversity 
• personal accountability 
• turning your own life around 
• Joe’s own perspectives and work with ‘The Enemy Within’ 

I finished this episode with an all new poem entitled: ‘Stereo. Type.’ 

The podcast can be found on Spotify, iTunes Podcasts and almost any other platform just by searching ‘The Future Ancients Podcast’ or going straight to:

www.Anchor.fm/lukalesson

Sending love and respect to anyone who is struggling right now. 

#thefutureancientspodcast

The latest episode of The Future Ancients Podcast features the great human that is Joe Williams

Joe is a proud Wiradjuri/Wolgalu, First Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra, raised in Wagga NSW, Australia. He played in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching Joe to professional Boxing in 2009. Joe is a 2x WBF World Jnr Welterweight champion and recently won the WBC Asia Continental Title.

Joe found himself facing inner demons throughout his professional career which eventually lead him to write his book: ‘Defying The Enemy Within’ and his current work talking about the deep issues that cut to the root of depression, addiction and mental health all across Australia.

We spoke about:
• joe’s own story
• how to overcome adversity
• personal accountability
• turning your own life around
• Joe’s own perspectives and work with ‘The Enemy Within’

I finished this episode with an all new poem entitled: ‘Stereo. Type.’

The podcast can be found on Spotify, iTunes Podcasts and almost any other platform just by searching ‘The Future Ancients Podcast’ or going straight to:

www.Anchor.fm/lukalesson

Sending love and respect to anyone who is struggling right now.

#thefutureancientspodcast
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2 months ago

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Writing prompt ✍🏽 Answer this question: What will become of us?
Αχ Ελλάδα. Missing the motherland deeply this year. Love to my friends and family in Greece enjoying half the tourists, making it feel like twice the summer. 🌊
You all know by now I don’t do ‘music industry’ drama, poetry beef or other kinds of unsolicited bullshieet too well. 

I do community. The people. The good humans and relatives I know and don’t know - but feel the connection to and from. That’s you. 

That’s what I do.

So I appreciate all the love I’ve been getting from the latest poem/video ‘Gems’. 💎 it means everything to me and my li’l team. 

And the good news is I now have 144 patrons - 256 shy of my aim of 400. 

With 400 patrons I would be able to cover my basic expenses per month to free me up to make more good things like this clip without compromising or giving a shit about:

“What kind of artist are you tho?”

“Are you a rapper or a poet or wha?”

“Why don’t you write songs that will sell, sell, sell?”

“Maybe you should try being less deep/political/complex and just write that shallow shit the kids love” 

Bleh. 🤮 

I make what I make and I do it for the betterment of the people. I do complex shit to respect the intellect of my fans/community. I do deep and vulnerable so young men and women know that’s it’s ok to be the same, I talk politics because I believe it to be my duty as a privileged man. 

My purpose, service and dreams align to make me the artist that I am. And I believe that means I can continue for many years to come - without a desire to be rich and famous, but a desire to have impact and come from love. 

To join my team, and help drive my purpose, join us at www.patreon.com/lukalesson 

If you can’t afford $6 a month, but want to help - just share the hell out of my work and I’ll give you the best of what I can create anyway. 

Much love everyone, stay safe. 

Luka.
A little while back I was approached by the good people at Greek Fringe to make something for their global online Greek Fringe Festival. 

I decided to take a risk and film two scenes from an upcoming work: Agapi & Other Kinds of Love. 

The two scenes I chose are:

Scene 3: ‘Erotas / έρωτας’ - a sex scene set in the middle of a riot in Exarcheia, Athens 🔥 

And Scene 4: ‘The Riot / η ταραχή’ where the two protagonists escape their burning building and run through Athens to safety at the foothills of the Acropolis 🏛 🦉 

Both scenes are heavy. I’m proud of them. They rhyme densely along with serving the narrative, which is a great challenge. 

And I have my brother Amir Paissss playing Persian Santoor / Σαντούρι and singing with me as well 🧿

Being a festival that is set to unite all sides of the Greek Diaspora, I could (or possibly should) have chosen something more ‘safe’, more stereotypical or traditional. But, you all know me by now: 

Binding politics, love, history & culture to each other through the prism of poetry has become my practice. 

Also, the two protagonists are ‘Socrates & Diotima’, two reincarnations of an ancient couple found in the a great Ancient Greek text: Plato’s ‘Symposium’ of c380BC. 

No biggie 😬 

The show airs online tomorrow night, is free/by donation and includes an incredible feature performance by the great Amalgamation Choir & Vasiliki Anastasiou whom I respect greatly. 

Go to www.greekfringe.com to get your tickets. 

Με αγάπη. Arteriumrium
🖊 💃🏻
It’s been 5 years since I released an album or book into the world. I’ve been working so hard to make three different projects the best they can be, that I’ve let go of ‘needing’ to put something out into the world just for the sake of it. 

As a well-known rapper once said to me: “I think it’s smart to be a poet rather than a rapper: you can be a poet until the day you die, but you can’t rap forever” 

So I’ve been playing the long game. Hip-hop at my foundation, but a poet at heart.

The best is yet to come, and it will arrive soon enough.

to become a patron of my work and play the long game with me, go to: www.patreon.com/lukalesson
The latest episode of The Future Ancients Podcast features the great human that is Joe Williams 

Joe is a proud Wiradjuri/Wolgalu, First Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra, raised in Wagga NSW, Australia. He played in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching Joe to professional Boxing in 2009. Joe is a 2x WBF World Jnr Welterweight champion and recently won the WBC Asia Continental Title. 

Joe found himself facing inner demons throughout his professional career which eventually lead him to write his book: ‘Defying The Enemy Within’ and his current work talking about the deep issues that cut to the root of depression, addiction and mental health all across Australia. 

We spoke about:
• joe’s own story 
• how to overcome adversity 
• personal accountability 
• turning your own life around 
• Joe’s own perspectives and work with ‘The Enemy Within’ 

I finished this episode with an all new poem entitled: ‘Stereo. Type.’ 

The podcast can be found on Spotify, iTunes Podcasts and almost any other platform just by searching ‘The Future Ancients Podcast’ or going straight to:

www.Anchor.fm/lukalesson

Sending love and respect to anyone who is struggling right now. 

#thefutureancientspodcast
💎 Gems video dropping soon.
🌊🏝
Giving thanks to these good humans who came on board on www.patreon.com/lukalesson as patrons in the past 24 hours:

Timmah Allen
Annie Fitzgibbon
Antoinette Abboud
Babette Moules
Kadi Hughes
Mehereen Aziz
Daniel Jaramillo
Yanina Rubini
Brittany Cummings
Justin Jones 
Heather
Isabel Fox
Jan Williams 
Josh Brown
Lucas Pearce
Kiri Koubaroulis
Kerry Canning

We are now 17 patrons closer to our goal!

I appreciate you all no end. 

Join us: www.patreon.com/lukalesson
🖊🗡
The good news is: you.

I thought all of this COVID stuff would have been over by August, I think a lot of us did. But now I have gigs that were already postponed, being postponed again until 2021. As well as many more cancelled, and new bookings that can’t be set in stone because there’s hardly any point. 

Luckily - there are 121 good people contributing to my Patreon, helping me weather this incredible storm - and it has been humbling to see you come on board. I appreciate you deeply. 

The reality is, I see your support and this Patreon process as my only real hope at financial stability and getting back on my feet long-term. 

But - by my estimates with the support we have now, we will need to reach a total of 400 patrons in order to cover our basics. To live simply and create constantly. 

So that’s our new goal:

Turn 121 donors into 400. 

In other words, we need 279 more legends to join our ranks. 

You, the people, would be our investors, our sponsors - our patrons. 

Yes it’s a big dream, yes I know people are doing it tough - please don’t feel any pressure, please look after yourselves and your families first. 

But if it is at all possible, go to 
www.patreon.com/lukalesson and give $3 USD to $60 USD per month and get a bunch of good things from me as a gift for your support.

If my work ever moved you or my performances ever touched you - now is the time to help out. I know that wasn’t in the contract when you bought the book or the ticket to the show, but with the world the way it is right now - this is where we find ourselves. 

In the next month I’m going to release new merch only available to my patrons and generally giving more energy and features to those of you who join up. 

I’m going to throw everything I have at this - it is going to take everything I’ve got I’m sure. But I promised so many of you to ‘never stop writing’, to ‘never give it up’. So here I am, not stopping. Let’s not stop, together. 

Much love 
Luka. 

Patreon.com/lukalesson

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