Oskido

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Oskido
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Background information
Birth name Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa
Also known as Oscar Warona, Godzilla
The Big "O”
Born (1967-11-23) 23 November 1967 (age 51)
Oukasie, Brits
North West, South Africa
Genres Kwaito, Afropop, House Music
Occupation(s) Recording Artist, DJ
Record Producer
Businessman
Years active 1989 - to date
Labels Kalawa Jazmee Records
Associated acts Heavy K, Mafikizolo
Uhuru, Dr Malinga
Brothers of Peace
ATX, Lil Tee Nxhowa
Davido, May D
Website oskidoibelieve.com


Oskido (born 23 November 1967) is a South African recording artist, DJ, record producer and businessman. He is perhaps best known as one of the leading figures in the Kwaito revolution that rocked South Africa in the 1990s. Oskido has had an illustrious and enduring career in the entertainment and music business including founding Kalawa Jazmee Records (formerly Kalawa Records).


Early Life

Oskido was born Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa on 23 November 1967 in Oukasie,Brits in the North West province of South Africa. He was born to a Zimbabwean father, Esaph Mdlongwa, who was a politician and a South African mother, Emily Sophia Molefi. He left South Africa at age 6 and grew up in Luveve Township, Bulawayo] in Zimbabwe where he went on to finish his basic education after graduating from Gifford High School, Bulawayo. After finishing his schooling he returned to Brits to run a family Spaza shop before he left for Johannesburg to pursue a career in music. He has a younger brother, DJ Pepsi, a successful DJ in his own right.

Early Career

Oskido left Oukasie,Brits in 1988 shortly after the passing of his mother. He headed to the city of Johannesburg to pursue a career in music. In his early days in Johannesburg he was an informal trader selling Boerewors rolls outside Club Razzmatazz in Hillbrow. It would be at this club where he would get his early break, one of the resident DJs at Razzmatazz didn’t show up on night and Oskido he volunteered to perform.

Not long after that Oskido reworked some songs and formulating his own kind of sound into cassettes, he went on to release compilations like Mixmaster and Big Jam thus making him popular outside Johannesburg before he was introduced to Bruce Sebitlo, a South African musical act who went on patner Oskido to form the Brothers of Peace band.

At time Kwaito was just emerging and South Africa was changing and opportunities and exposure for were all real attainable possibility. Oskido would become an important part of that period, along with Brothers of Peace he went on to produce and release eight albums.

References

  1. The Zimbabwean, DJ Oskido a legend, 02 August 2018
  2. 'Youth Village, 10 Things you don’t know about DJ Oskido, 02 August 2018