Oskido, Big Nuz set for Beitbridge

Oscar “Oskido” Mdlongw

THE BEITBRIDGE border town is set to be serenaded to music and sounds by South Africa’s kwaito group, Big Nuz and one of South Africa’s premier producers, Oscar Mdlongwa, aka Oskido, performing on Easter Sunday.

Oscar-Mdlongwa-aka--DJ-Oskido-performsPRISCAH NDLOVU

The Easter Sunday gig is scheduled for Pagomba, but prior to the public gig, the kwaito group and Oskido, are expected to have a private party on Saturday at the border town exclusively for Pagomba staff.

“We just want to have them, us and them alone, sharing together,” Lovemore Chonzi, Pagomba manager said.

Pagomba would be footing the bills for the tour of the South Africans.

Chonzi said the South Africans are strictly coming to entertain and have promised fireworks. He said they have promised to play some of their latest music and sounds.

“They are going to entertain from Sunday evening till Monday morning and they are not sharing the stage with any other artists in Zimbabwe. It is just the group and Oskido,” he said.

About 2 500 fans from all over the country are expected for the widely advertised gig whose posters have been plastered in the cities and towns all over Matabeleland.

Oskido is one of South Africa’s premier house/kwaito club and radio DJs and producers.

The son of a Zimbabwean politician and born in the Oukasie township (near Brits, South Africa) in 1967, little Oscar was schooled in his father’s home country, only returning to SA in 1987.

The early ’90s found him selling boerewors sausage rolls outside the Razzmatazz nightclub in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, sneaking his way inside the club to spin the closing sessions and slowing down American house tracks to a tempo that “Africans could dance to”.

One night, the resident DJ didn’t pitch up . . . and the rest is history.

Later teaming up with fellow producers Don Laka and Christos Katsaitis, they founded Kalawa Records and released their eponymous self-entitled BOP (Brothers Of Peace) compilation in 1993.

Big Nuz

Establishing a network of DJs, musicians, producers and other hopefuls, the label turned into Kalawa Jazmee in 1995 after Katsaitis’ departure.

Oskido has since gone on to produce numerous artists such as Bongo Maffin, Boom Shaka and Mafikizolo, and he is also an original regular on YFM Radio.