Luka Lesson draws on his creative powers to create new poems and rap verses inspired by conversations with guests from across the planet. His own Greek heritage and the histories of the people he speaks to often filter through, as well as his love of food, philosophy, social change, comedy and visions for the future.
Joe Williams is a proud Wiradjuri/Wolgalu, First Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra NSW, Australia. Joe had successful careers ar a professional rugby league player and Welterweight boxer. During his sporting career however, Joe battle with suicidal ideation and Bi Polar Disorder. After a suicide attempt in 2012, Joe began to commit his life to helping other people through issues of adversity, mental illness, addiction, emotional well-being and healing trauma in schools, communities, correctional services, sporting clubs and workplaces through his organisation: The Enemy Within.
Michelle Grace Hunder is a one of Australia’s most revered live music photographers, and has two separate portrait series in the National Sound and Film Archive. Her works ‘RISE’, and ‘Her Sound, Her Story’ (with Claudia Dalimore) both deeply impacted both the Australian Hip-hop scene and broader music industry respectively. This episode ends with Luka Lesson performing his spoken word poem ‘Amber Lights’.
Damon Gameau is an actor, documentary filmmaker and activist. His films include ‘That Sugar Film’ and ‘2040’. Damon’s work currently centres around sustainability, climate change and environmental advocacy. The end of this episode includes a new poem written by Luka Lesson entitled ‘What Will Become Of Us?’.
Neal Hall is a trained medical-surgical eye physician and graduate of Cornell and Harvard Universities. An internationally acclaimed poet, he has composed poetry and performed readings throughout the U. S. and the world. The end of this podcast includes a new poetic response to this conversation written and performed by Luka Lesson, entitled ‘Economic Violence’.
Born and bred in Western Sydney, Nardean is an artist with a rich, intelligent and engaging voice. Her music traverses genres of rap, poetry and melody. She takes pride in being the outsider, in bending the rules and turning the awkward shapes into images for your ears. This episode of the podcast concludes with Luka Lesson reading a previously unreleased triptych entitled: Church.
Kimberley Moulton is a Yorta Yorta Sovereign woman from Shepparton, currently residing in Melbourne. She is the Senior Curator for South Eastern Aboriginal Collections at Museums Victoria. Her work involves the repatriation of cultural objects from International Museums as well as the decolonisation of Museum and Art spaces and practices. Kimberley is also on the board of the Barpirdhila Foundation and has had an article published in the book 'Sovereign Words: Indigenous Art, Curation and Criticism'. This podcast episode end with Luka Lesson performing verses from his original song 'Living Artefact' ft Kahl Wallis.
Born and raised in South West Sydney, L-FRESH The LION is one of Australia’s most important Hip Hop artists. From live music venues, stadiums and arenas, to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, his music is a powerful statement which speaks of purpose. Inspired by their conversation, the end of this episode of the podcast features a new rap verse by Luka Lesson entitled ‘Mother Tongue’.
Poet Luka Lesson draws on his creative powers to write new spoken word poems and rap verses inspired by conversations with guests from across the planet. This episode is an solo introduction to the podcast by Luka Lesson and includes the poem 'The Future Ancients'.