Coke Studio’s two new hosts Nandi Mngoma and Trevor Sineke. Season 2 e.tv (*194) 18:05
Music collaboration show Coke Studio (2015-current) returns for its second season, along with brand-new hosts, a new broadcast day and timeslot. And the move from Mondays at 20:30 to Saturdays at 18:05 is purely content driven, explains executive producers Crighton Goodwill and Brian O’Shea. “Season 1 was 16 30-minute episodes, while season 2 is 13 one-hour episodes. That’s an increase of 60% in content!”
So who’ll be making music? Besides the introduction of hosts Trevor Sineke (32) and Nandi Mngoma (28), who’re big in the local music scene, fans can expect to see the likes of AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Francois van Coke and iFani in the Coke Studio. And the show has spared no expense on the production side – they’ve brought in heavyweights like Sketchy Bongo, Deemo and Gemini Major to produce the tracks.
While the finished product is going to be as polished as a platinum record, there have been a couple of hitches, reveal the two exec producers. “There have been a few stressful moments… Toya Delazy’s London flight was cancelled and we had to re-book the entire production. And one or two artists have arrived late [Laughs], but once they’re in studio, they bring their A-game.”
It’s not only about the music for the viewers though, but also the journey towards the final song, explain Brian and Crighton. “We learnt [in season 1] that while music lovers enjoyed the authentic process, they also love to be captivated by a good story. By bringing in more producers and pairing up ‘big name’ and raw artists, we’ve been able to spice things up.” That spiciness is going to include a new sound too. “Season 1 was more house music slanted, while now we’re venturing into hip-hop,” say the two producers.