Live Amp

Sea­son 26 SABC1 (*191) 19:30 Life­style

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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.

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