Australia’s best-selling poet and hip-hop artist, Luka Lesson has released a new track, Living Artefact, featuring multi award-winning Indigenous artist, Kahl Wallis (The Medics). It’s a strong, defiant world hip-hop track which continues the artists’ contemporary cultural songlines.
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.
A powerful voice not be silenced, Wallis says the new song 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.”
Listen to Living Artefact below:
Luka he draws 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,” he said.
“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.”
Luka Lesson and Kahl Wallis kick off the Living Artefact tour this August fresh from Luka performing at 2017’s Splendour in the Grass and hosting a writers’ retreat in Greece; and Kahl emerging from the recording studio where he is currently creating his much-anticipated debut solo album.
LIVING ARTEFACT IS AVAILABLE VIA ALL DIGITAL OUTLETS 30 JUNE 2017 and you can catch Luka and Kahl at NightQuarter on 25 August.