You can’t fully relate the South African music story without mentioning one Oscar Mdlongwa (born on 23/11/’67), also affectionately known by his stage names Oskido, Oscar Warona, Godzilla or The Big O. Born in Oukasie, Brits, the producer, performer, radio presenter, record producer, and entrepreneur, grew up between South Africa (Brits) and Zimbabwe (Bulawayo). Oskido later moved up to Jozi to chase his music dream. He later started Kalawa Records with Don Laka and Christos , that later changed to Kalawa Jazzmee when it was joined by Trompies members Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng, Zynne Mahoota Sibika and E Mjokes Matsane.
The record label has been at the forefront of youth culture and has produced top acts such as Bongo Maffin, Mafikizolo, Thebe, Alaska, Professor, Character, Black Motion, Boom Shaka, Zonke, Winnie Khumalo, DJ Zinhle, Magesh, and many more. Oskido is also a member of the groundbreaking and eclectic Brothers of Peace – B.o.P (with Bruce Sebitlo) and known for his top-selling “Church Grooves” compilation series that changed the face of SA house compilations, and in 2012 launched the “I Believe” project, which is also the name of his radio show on Metro FM. Oskido was honored with a Special Recognition Award at the 9th Channel O Video Music Awards in 2012 for his contribution in the development of South African music scene , and was part of the Kalawa Jazmee crew honoured at the SA Dance Music Awards on the same year.
Together with Greg Maloka, DJ Fresh, Vinny Da Vinci and DJ Christos, he started DJU (deejays unite) that has been responsible for equipping young music names and DJs with valuable industry information through the annual Southern African Music Conference (SAMC). The conference has resulted in names such as BlackCoffee, DJ Tira, Euphonic and more breaking into the music industry and opening doors for others. He is also responsible for the I Believe programme that was started with his Madlozi partner, Maloka, and the NYDA. The programme seeks to turn young music names into serious businessmen and women.