The group was founded in 2009 by the group members, Kaz-leigh Straightfill, Thapelo Lekoane and Zarcia Zacheus who met while studying for their degrees in Jazz together at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg.
The name Luwe is a phonetic derivative of the French word "louer", translated as "praise" and "honour".
Luwe's music is a unique blend of each of the members' individual influences in Gospel, Soul, Rock and Afro-soul.
Kaz-leigh Straightfill was born and raised in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg to a very musical family. Her father played various instruments and her mother sang. Kaz-leigh was brought up singing in church. where she met Zarcia Zacheus. Even though the two knew each other, they never forged a relationship until much later when they studied music together.
Kaz-leigh started singing professionally in her teens, backing some of the popular South African artists, such as Julius Schultz, PAtrick Duncan, Bianca Le Grange of Idols fame, as well as Karen Zoid.
For approximately three years spanning from 2006-2008, Kaz-leigh was part of the legendary South African Gospel choir, Joyous Celebration, and was on the recordings Joyous Celebration 10, 11 and 12.
Kaz-Leigh completed her Bachelor of Music Degree in 2010 at the Witwatersrand University. She was awarded the Johannesburg Operatic and Dramatic Society Award for the most distinguished contribution on stage.
On the 13th June 2012, Kaz-leigh took part in a collaborative recording of a song for former-president Nelson Mandela for his 94th birthday alongside Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Blondie Makhene, MarcAlex, Kabomo, Tu Nokwe, Josie Field, Afrotraction and Concord Nkabinde, initiated by R2000 in benefit of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.
Thapelo Lekoane was born in Alexandra, Johannesburg.
She started working as a performer, session musician, composer and vocal trainer at an early age. Influenced by the likes of Kim Burrell, Liz Wright, Kurt Elling and Ella Fitzgerald, her inclination to Jazz was almost natural.
In 1999, she joined the Rhema Music Ministry at Rhema Bible Church where she has been a member for the past thirteen years.
She started working for 13th Floor in 2005, a performing arts company as the the company's main vocalist, actor and dancer in stage productions. The company has toured South Africa extensively, as well as taking their performances to the UK, France and Belgium with Thapelo as their lead vocalist, until the end of 2006.
Thapelo performed with the Karen Zoid Band at the inauguration of the South African President Jacob Zuma in 2009. She also perfomed with Carlo Mombelli, Nduduzi Makhathini, Chris Luke, Raymond Gree, Neil Engel, Janine Price and Patrick Duncan. Thapelo completed her honours degree, in 2011 at Witwatersrand University.
During her time at Witwatersrand University, Thapelo met up with Kaz-leigh Straightfill and Zarcia Zacheus, and together they formed the group, Luwe.
On the 13th June 2012, Thapelo also took part in a collaborative recording of a song for former-president Nelson Mandela for his 94th birthday alongside Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Blondie Makhene, MarcAlex, Kabomo, Tu Nokwe, Josie Field, Afrotraction and Concord Nkabinde.
Zarcia was born in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, South Africa where she began singing at the age of 9 in the church choir.
At the age of 13, the young Zarcia auditioned for a role in a professional theatre production called My Girl and got the part. She was the featured artist at the Summer Blues and Jazz Weekend, “Ladies In Jazz in 2009. After that performance, Zarcia decided to pursue a career as a soloist.
In 2009, Zarcia entered the MTN City Festival Awards and came second in the Music category and in the following year she entered and won the Elizabeth Conell vocal prize.
She also entered a SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition in 2011 and was one of 6 finalists.
Her studies at Witwatersrand University, majoring in Jazz Performance and Composition led to her meeting with fellow students, Kaz-leigh Straightfill and Thapelo. Together they started doing performances under the name Luwe.
Zarcia also completed a Masters in Interactive Media and worked as a production co-ordinator at Jacaranda FM.
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