Australia’s best-selling poet and hip-hop artist, Luka Lesson features multi award-winning Indigenous artist, Kahl Wallis (The Medics) on his new single Living Artefact, a strong, defiant world hip-hop track determined to continue their contemporary cultural songlines.
Passionate and proud of their respective heritages, Lesson and Wallis will be taking Living Artefact on the road with 13 dates announced today.
Dubbed "a sonic literary genius", Lesson is known world-wide as a leading Aussie slam poet with two best-selling poetry books, two music EPs and national tours with Nahko and Medicine for the People (US), Akala (UK) and Tiki Taane (NZ) to his name.
Born in Brisbane to parents of Greek heritage Lesson said, "Looking at how to break free from racist stereotypes and represent a narrative of ancient cultures in contemporary words and music that challenge and inspire audiences gave birth to Living Artefact.
“It is a statement to combat the sterilisation of both of our cultures, where difference is celebrated as a part of our lineage which has brought both of us to our contemporary experiences.”
A powerful voice not be silenced, the Warner Music signed Wallis said, “The song to me, poetically and artistically touches on the displacement and continued forced assimilation of First Nations people around the world.
"For me it’s a personal, spiritual journey which has deep connection to ancestors and country. I’m a living continuation of my ancestors and we are living proof of how to maintain resilience and strength, respecting and acknowledging those who have come before us, who have shaped and inspired our voice."
Luka said he draws much inspiration from his personal lineage of Greek story-tellers, street artists and modern music makers and is committed to using the powerful medium of word and music to “reignite passion, understanding and awareness around cultural and racial issues.”
“We’re having a great resurgence in orating one’s own story to large crowds. However, where we used to be called story-tellers or bards and the venues amphitheaters, caves and under trees; we are now rappers, singers and slam poets and our venues big stages, bars and YouTube.
"In order to keep our cultures alive, especially for Indigenous peoples whose stories are so often repressed, we find voice again in oral traditions through these new mediums. The need to speak out and be heard is essentially irrepressible.
“It’s an exciting time to be a poet and hip-hop artist. And, it’s as important as ever to bring these issues into the mainstream conscience so we can break down cultural barriers for a more cohesive world where everyone’s heritage is truly celebrated and valued.”
Luka Lesson and Kahl Wallis kick off the Living Artefact tour 25 August fresh from dual performances at 2017’s Splendour in the Grass.
Luka Lesson and Kahl Wallis are available for interviews and photographs. Approved photographs are also available for immediate use and download below.
'LIVING ARTEFACT' TOUR
FRI, 25 AUG | Night Quarter, Gold Coast, QLD | FREE
SAT, 26 AUG | Queensland Poetry Festival @ Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane, QLD | TICKETS
THU, 31 AUG | Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD | FREE
FRI, 8 SEPT | The Jade, Adelaide, SA | TICKETS
SAT, 9 SEPT | The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC | TICKETS
SUN, 10 SEPT | The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC | TICKETS
FRI, 22 SEPT | Full Throttle Theatre, Townsville, QLD | TICKETS
SUN, 24 SEPT | Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT | TICKETS
SAT, 7 OCT | Civic Memorial Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW | TICKETS
SUN, 8 OCT | Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD | TICKETS
THUR, 12 OCT | Janes Bar, Wollongong, NSW | TICKETS
FRI, 13 OCT | Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW | TICKETS
SAT, 14 OCT | The Nishi Playhouse, Canberra, ACT | TICKETS
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About Luka Lesson
Luka Lesson is a best-selling author, spoken word and hip-hop artist of Greek heritage from Australia. With 4 years of international touring, 13 Writers’ Festivals, 9 years of workshop experience and ten years of writing under his belt, Luka has written commissions and performed for the likes of The National Gallery of Victoria, 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 Poetry Slam Champion of 2010.
About Kahl Wallis
Lead singer and songwriter for indie/alternative band The Medics, environmental and social activist, storyteller, and now solo performer, Kahl Wallis is a young Aboriginal First Nation Artist man on a mission. He is releasing his debut solo work this year with clear messages that speak to the core values of humanity - his powerful voice will not be silenced. Between recording as a solo artist, touring, participating in community projects, Kahl also works as a music mentor and song writing facilitator with youth empowerment organisations and communities, delivering workshops to Indigenous children in remote communities. Kahl identifies with his grandfather’s country, the Wuthathi Nation from the white sands of Shelburne Bay in Cape York Peninsula, and his Grandmothers mob, the Lardil people from Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. He takes his last name 'Wallis' from his great-great-grandfather of the Polynesian islands of Wallis and Futuna.