Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa, popularly known by his stage name– Oskido, is a South African recording artist, DJ, record producer and businessman.[1] He is one of the pioneering artists to popularise the Kwaito genre of music outside the townships of South Africa thus making him to be regarded as a premier in the South African music industry. He is also the co-founder of Kalawa Jazmee Records (formerly Kalawa Records), a record label which houses musical acts like Mafikizolo and Uhuru.[2]

Birth nameOscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa
Also known asOscar Warona, Godzilla, The Big "O”
Born (1967-11-23) 23 November 1967 (age 52)
Brits, North West, South Africa
GenresKwaito, afropop, house music
Occupation(s)Record producer, businessman, dj
Years active1989–present
LabelsKalawa Jazmee Records
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Born to a Zimbabwean father, Esaph Mdlongwa, who was a politician and a South African mother, Emily Sophia Molefi, on 23 November 1967 in Letlhabile Township, Brits, North West, South Africa, Oskido spent most of his early life in Luveve Township, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe where he went on to finish his basic education after graduating from Gifford High School, Bulawayo.[3] He returned to Brits at the age of 21 in 1988 to run a family spaza shop before he left for Johannesburg to pursue a career in music.[4]


Oskido's career came into limelight after he volunteered to perform at a night club where he used to sell boerewors (sausage) after a scheduled DJ failed to show up.[5] After reworking 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 "Dope" Sebitlo, a South African musical act who went on patner Oskido to form the Brothers of Peace band.[6]

Under the Brothers of Peace band, Oskido released and produced eight albums between 1994 and 2004 before he went on to partner with Don Laka and Christos Katsaitis to found Kalawa Records.[7]

Kalawa JazmeeEdit

Kalawa Jazmee (sometimes "KJ Records") was formed as Kalawa in 1992 by Christos Katsaitis (departed in 1995), Don Laka and DJ Oskido and took its name from the first two letters of their respective surnames (Oskido often used "Warona" at the time). Boom Shaka (Lebo Mathosa †, Theo Nhlengethwa, Junior Sokhela and Thembi Seete) were the new label's first signing, with debut album "It's About Time" released in 1993. Joining with Trompie's label Jazmee in 1995 it then became known as Kalawa-Jazmee Records, later dropping the hyphen completely.[citation needed]

The company is currently run by Oscar Mdlongwa, Bruce Sebitlo, Zayne 'Mahoota' Sibiya, Mandla 'Spikiri' Mofokeng, and Emmanuel 'Mjokes' Matsane, with one Gao Mokone assuming the task of Label Manager.

Kwaito revolutionEdit

Kwaito is a music genre that was originally created in South Africa during the 1990s. It has been described as the music that defines the generation who came of age after apartheid.[8] Oskido and some other artists were among the first artists to produce Kwaito songs by adding vocals to the slow Tempo house beats that went on to become popular in South Africa and beyond.[9] His contribution to the development of music in South Africa earned him a Special Recognition Award at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards.[10]

Rejection of Zimbabwean heritageEdit

Oskido was nominated for Outstanding Arts Personality award from Outside of Bulawayo alongside Jah Prayzah and Winky D at the Roil Bulawayo Arts Award. He turned down the nomination citing that he did not qualify as he is not from Zimbabwe. This is despite his Zimbabwean heritage having been born to a Zimbabwean father and growing up in Luveve, Bulawayo.[citation needed]



  • Star taxi music
  • Oscar Warona: The New Testament

Awards and recognitionsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ World (1 December 2014). "Turn up at Oskido's birthday bash – PHOTOS". Sunday World. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  2. ^ "About Oskido". Oskido I Believe. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Oskido is one of South Africa's premier house/kwaito club and radio DJs and producers". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  4. ^ Nandipha Pantsi (15 July 2014). "Oskido looking for quality on X Factor SA". The Citizen. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Oskido invests in Bulawayo". Southern Eye. 4 May 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Oskido Archives". Trace TV. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  7. ^ "South Africa: Oskido to Perform At Stars Studio". The Herald. All Africa. 23 June 2005. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  8. ^ "The Kwaito Generation: Inside Out: a production of 90.9 WBUR Boston, MA". Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Oskido". Metro FM. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Oskido to be honoured with Special Recognition Award". Channel O. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2015.

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