Season 26 SABC1 (*191) 19:30 Lifestyle
When it comes to what’s hot on the local and international music scenes, lifestyle chatshow Live Amp (2007current) has it covered. We chatted to returning presenter DJ Warras about working with co-host Lerato Kganyago, the studio tweaks ahead of season 26 and Live Amp’s impact on society.
You’ve been here for five years, right? Yes [Laughs] I’ve been on Live Amp for the past five years and it still feels as great as the first time. It’s an honour being on the most-watched music show on TV and being on set is a lot of fun. So you don’t just sit and listen to music in front of the camera? No ways – we get to set three hours before the show airs to test lighting, positions and timing. This preparation gives us the chance to stay on our A game because it’s live TV – mistakes can and do happen, but we try to avoid them as much as possible. What’s the atmosphere like in studio? Shooting goes by in a heartbeat and it never feels like 30 minutes. We’re all friends on set and as clichéd as it sounds, that makes it upbeat and vibey while we’re filming. Plus, there’s music. How has the set changed? Like everything else on TV, we update and change the set to fit more with the vibe. We have added a few upgrades for this season to make the live performances better. You’re part of a long list of presenters that includes Bonang Matheba, Minnie Dlamini and Pearl Thusi. I know – it’s like being part of a hall of fame. And like being part of a consistent credible movement that is second to none, I always pride myself on being the best.
Warras’s co-host Lerato Kganyago.