Oskido brings the house down
. . . as Vodacom Superstars talent search returns
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.