Oskido brings the house down

. . . as Vo­da­com Su­per­stars tal­ent search re­turns

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

VET­ERAN disc spin­ner Oskido set Maseru Mall-based Ba.one restau­rant ablaze on Satur­day dur­ing the af­ter party of the Vo­da­com Su­per­stars launch event.

The show was held af­ter Vo­da­com Le­sotho (VCL) launched the fifth in­stal­ment of its tal­ent search com­pe­ti­tion aimed at un­earthing and pro­mot­ing mu­sic tal­ent in the coun­try.

The cold weather con­di­tions did not dampen the en­thu­si­asm of rev­ellers as the Kalawa Jazmee Records boss and his pro­tégé, Mab­hiza, belted out hit af­ter hit.

Apart from Oskido, DJ Milk­shake of the My Own fame, also en­ter­tained the crowd along with such lo­cal artists as L-tore and fel­low rap­per Nirex. Charma Exzit, Tapi Delux and Vesta also show­cased their disc spin­ning skills while the house duo Za­gro DJS took the op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce their lat­est sin­gle Slega which was well re­ceived by the crowd.

Oskido teamed up with VCL in the fourth edi­tion of the tal­ent search con­test as one of the judges and to pro­vide in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure to the win­ners through his Kalawa Jazmee la­bel.

The Midrand-based stu­dio is rated among the top stables in South Africa hav­ing pro­duced such award-win­ning artists such as Mafik­i­zolo, Tromp­ies, Boom Shaka and AB Crazy.

Much like last year, Vo­da­com Su­per­stars is struc­tured into four cat­e­gories; Mu­sic, Dance, Male DJ and Fe­male DJ, with three win­ners to emerge from each of the group­ings. The top three win­ners in each cat­e­gory will walk away with M70 000, M40 000 and M20 000 re­spec­tively. The first prize win­ner in the mu­sic cat­e­gory will also get a record­ing deal for a sin­gle with DJ Oskido’s Kalawa Jazzmee, while the first prize win­ner in the dance cat­e­gory will also get a Video Fea­ture with the same la­bel.

For the first prize win­ner in the DJ cat­e­gory, VCL has lined up a Book­ing/per­for­mance Deal at a Kalawa Jazzmee gig.

In last year’s edi­tion, mu­sic cat­e­gory win­ner L-tore man­aged to record three songs at Kalawa Jazzmee, dance cat­e­gory win­ners Con­verse He­roes fea­tured in a Kalawa Jazmee mu­sic video while DJS Li­nah and Vesta shared the stage with Oskido in his Dur­ban and Jo­han­nes­burg gigs.

Speak­ing to the Week­ender on the side­lines of the event, the I Be­lieve hit-maker lauded VCL for cre­at­ing a plat­form to de­velop lo­cal artists.

“It is won­der­ful to see a cor­po­rate such as Vo­da­com Le­sothoho tak­ing the ini­tia­tive of help­ing ex­tract and nur­ture Ba­sotho tal­ent,” Oskido said.

“I am also grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to iden­tify and de­velop that raw tal­ent as the head judge in the com­pe­ti­tion. It’s an ex­cit­ing jour­ney.”

He added: “L-tore was sup­posed to record a sin­gle track but we ended up record­ing three since he is good at what he does. I am look­ing for­ward to in­ter­act­ing with this year’s con­tes­tants.”

To reg­is­ter for the Vo­da­com Su­per­stars com­pe­ti­tion, as­pir­ing par­tic­i­pants must SMS their name, tal­ent cat­e­gory and zone code to 54933. For Maseru, the zone code is SS1, North (Leribe) SS2 and South (Mafeteng SS3) with the regis­tra­tion process, which be­gan on Satur­day, clos­ing on 22 June 2016.

VET­ERAN DJ Oskido. PART of the crowd at the Vo­da­com Su­per­star launch af­ter­party on Satur­day night.

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