Oskido, the legendary figure in the South African afro-house music industry, is celebrating his birthday with two massive parties this week featuring the best of the country's afro-house talent. The two parties are tomorrow in Joburg at Taboo as the official Channel O Awards After Party, and on December 5th (Friday) at Jam Club 47th Avenue, Durban.
The lineup is full of major artists who are such figures themselves, that they could each host such an event in their own right too - although they would still aknowledge Oskido as a father figure because of his long term experience. The linup includes Casper Nyovest, AKA, KO, TBO, Touch, DJ Zinhle, DJ Sbu, Uhuru, Shimza, Mo Flava, and DJ Bobstar, with a special appreance by Davido Ice Prince Yuri.
Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa, or Oskido, Oscar Warona, Godzilla or The Big O, is a producer, performer, radio presenter, record producer, and entrepreneur who has been a key player in the development of the house scene in South Africa over many years. As an artist he is known for fresh, funky instrumental tracks and brilliant collaborations with MCs and vocalists.
His record label Kalawa Jazzmee has been at the forefront of youth culture and has produced top acts such as Bongo Maffin and Mafikizolo. His “I Believe” project has had major impact and 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. He is currently working as one of the three judges on the massive talent show X Factor South Africa.