Cape Town’s music scene thrives on diversity, and Luzelle is a prime example. This genre-bending vocalist and guitarist isn’t afraid to surprise audiences with her powerful voice and dynamic performances. Weaving English and Afrikaans lyrics with folk-rock influences, Luzelle carves her own path, drawing inspiration from legendary artists like Karen Zoid and Freshlyground.

Her journey began in Mossel Bay, where she started writing and performing under the name Ruby June. But a new chapter unfolded when she embraced her heritage and began performing as Luzelle. This talented singer-songwriter has already released an EP, “Reflect”, in 2017 and a live album, “As Is”, in 2019, and with new music on the horizon, she’s ready to captivate South Africa. We caught up with her as part of her and her band’s Big Little Concepts performance:

Q: Tell us about the origin story of your musical career. Was there a defining moment, a love for a specific genre, or just a spontaneous jam session that sparked it all?

A: I have always loved music and started writing songs in high school. Growing up in Mossel Bay, I’d never played a gig in my life, so when I came to Cape Town in 2013 and played my first gig, I was completely hooked and knew I wanted more!

Q: How did it feel rocking out in the iconic Concept Records studio? Did the environment inspire anything unexpected in your performance?

A: Having previously recorded at Concept Records in the past, it really felt like we were right at home in studio, and we knew we were in good hands! It was a very relaxed experience filming the session.

Q: We saw a glimpse of your musical magic captured in Big Little Concepts. What message or vibe did you hope to convey through your performance?

A: I’m excited to be able to showcase my incredible band with the performance! My music really comes to life when played with other musicians, and I hope that people love the full band sound as much as I do.

Q: What other creative outlets fuel your artistic fire besides music? Whether it’s visual art, poetry, or even a killer sourdough starter, share your hidden talents!

A: One of my favourite pastimes is reading a great book — mystery, fantasy or crime are my favourite genres! I also get refuelled by going for walks along the Sea Point promenade and watching the colour of the sky change at sunset. Seeing nature show off in this way helps me bring perspective to the relatively small problems in my life.

Q: As a Cape Town musician, what excites you most about the city’s vibrant music scene? Any hidden gems or unsung heroes you’d recommend checking out?

A: Some Cape Town musicians who are really worth checking out are Hugo Veldsman, who writes amazing bluesy guitar songs, and Sarah McArthur (who I’m lucky to have in my band), who released an awesome album last year!

Q: What’s on the horizon for you beyond Big Little Concepts? Upcoming gigs, new releases, or any wild dreams you’re chasing – spill the beans!

A: I have a few singles set to release throughout the rest of 2024. We also have a gig coming up at The House of Machines on 18 May. But I’m hoping that people who see the Big Little Concepts session will book us for more gigs!

Q: If you could trade musical styles with any local artist for a day, who would it be and why?

A: I think I’d like to trade styles with Francois van Coke for a day. Some serious rock and rolling going on!

Q: What’s the one record that forever holds a special place in your heart? The soundtrack to your childhood, a family heirloom, or a recent discovery that blew your mind – tell us the story behind your musical treasure.

A: Basically, any album by Karen Zoid is super significant for me. I remember going to watch her perform at the KKNK in Oudtshoorn as a teenager and head-banging to every lyric.

Q: If you could collaborate with any musician, living or dead, who would it be and why?

A: Definitely Karen Zoid — her rock and roll sound in Afrikaans is inspiring!

Q: Ten years from now, how do you hope to be remembered in the Cape Town music scene?

A: I’d love for my songs to have an impact on people and that people would remember me for my lyrics.

Bonus Q: Share a fun fact, a quirky anecdote, or a hidden talent that might not be immediately obvious from your music.

A: I used to be an avid underwater hockey player and actually made it onto the Junior South African team, back in high school. I also love making flou jokes!

But this is just the beginning of Luzelle’s musical odyssey. With new releases on the horizon and a fervent desire to share her stories with the world, her star continues to rise, illuminating the path for future generations of South African artists. So, as we bid farewell to this chapter in Luzelle’s journey, let us carry with us the melodies, the memories, and the indelible mark she has left on our hearts.

To experience the full spectrum of Luzelle’s musical prowess, be sure to catch her electrifying performance with Big Little Concepts, a testament to her talent and dedication. And remember, Luzelle’s journey is far from over — it’s just getting started.


I can’t play any musical instruments or sing, so this is my contribution to the local music scene — which I love immensely. I can’t touch my toes, but that has held me back only slightly in life. My hobbies include reading, beer, bringing up Let’s Get Local when no one asked, writing, and surprising people with my pool skills. I believe somehow all of this will lead me to Dave Grohl.

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