Aca Lukas

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Aca Lukas
Aca Lukas.jpg
At 2011 press conference for his Belgrade Arena concert
Background information
Birth nameAleksandar Vuksanović
Born (1968-11-03) 3 November 1968 (age 51)
Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
GenresPop-folk
Occupation(s)Singer
Instruments
Years active
  • 1990–2004
  • 2005–present
Labels
Associated acts

Aleksandar Vuksanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Вуксановић; born 3 November 1968[1]), better known by his stage name Aca Lukas, is a Serbian pop-folk singer.

Life and career[edit]

He rose to prominence in Belgrade night clubs by performing various genres, from jazz to Gypsy music, before eventually joining Serbian rock musician Viktorija and her band. Lukas later decided to pursue a solo career in turbo-folk music. He released his first studio album in 1995, but acquired enormous fame only upon his next two albums and stand-out songs such as the 1998 Anna Vissi cover 'Lična karta' (ID). In 1999, he embarked on a regional tour and held his first concert in Belgrade's Hala Pionir in front of 10,000 fans.

Today, Lukas remains one of the most popular Serbian musicians. He has had more than ten performances in the Belgrade Arena overall, which is the biggest regional indoor venue. On June 8, 2013 Lukas had his biggest concert at Marakana Stadium in front of 65,000 people.

He also served as a judge on televised singing competition Zvezde Granda.

On the other hand, Vuksanović is also known for his troublesome lifestyle and legal issues. In 2003, he was arrested in the police action "Sablja" for illegal gun possession, and was incarcerated for four months.[1] During the same period, Lukas also admitted having issues with drug addiction, for which he was in rehab in Switzerland, abstaining from the music scene between 2004 and 2005. In 2009, he received gunshot wounds to his leg while entering the car in front of his home, allegedly due to his unpaid gambling debts.[2] In 2017, Vuksanović's second wife, Sonja, accused him of physically assaulting her. Although denying these accusations, Lukas accepted a plea bargain, according to him, to avoid further court proceedings and media frenzy.[3] As a result of his past convictions and drug abuse, he was denied United States visa in 2017 as well as Australian in 2019.[4][5]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Cover albums
  • Jedno veče u kafani (1998)
  • Drugo veče u kafani (1999)
  • Još sam tu (za drugove) (1999)
  • Zora beli... (1999)
  • Aca Lukas & O.K. Band (2000)
Live albums
  • Najveća žurka na Balkanu (1999)
  • Žurka (2002)
Compilations
  • The Best of Aca Lukas (2000)
  • Aca Lukas - Hitovi (2008)
  • Aca Lukas - Stil Zivota (2012)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Serbian Popularity Oscar
Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2011 Himself Best Male Folk Singer Nominated [6]
Music Awards Ceremony
Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2019 'Bankina'
(Jelena Karleuša feat. Aca Lukas)
Collaboration of the Year Won [7]
Belgrade Arena (April 29, 2017) Concert of the Year Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Katarina Živanović (15 September 2017). "Aleksandar Vuksanović: Pevač sa optužnice". Danas.
  2. ^ "Ranjen pevač Aca Lukas". Blic. 4 February 2009.
  3. ^ "'Nikad u životu nisam udario ženu', Aca Lukas otkrio zbog čega je priznao da je pretukao Sonju" (in Serbian). Blic.rs. 2017.
  4. ^ "Aca Lukas nije dobrodošao u Americi". Mondo.rs, 26.03.2017.
  5. ^ "Aca Lukas ne može na turneju". Mondo.rs, 02.10.2019.
  6. ^ "Određeni finalisti za Oskar Popularnosti" (in Serbian). Tracara.com.
  7. ^ "Ovo je lista dobitnika regionalnih MAC muzičkih nagrada" (in Serbian). Tracara.com. January 2019.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Aca Lukas at Wikimedia Commons