Oskido Biography

Oskido, real name , Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwais a South African DJ, artist and businessman. He was born on the 23rd of November 1967 in Brits, North West, South Afric. Oskido is renowned for popularizing the Kwaito music genre that is the support of South African local music.

He is one of the native South African premier house/kwaito club and radio DJs. Moreover, he is popular for co-founding  Kalawa Jazmee Records, one of the best record labels in the country. Oskido’s popular songs include ‘Tsa mandebele’, Woza nana and I believe.

Real Name       : Oscar Sibonginkosi Mdlongwa

Stage Name     :  Oskido

Gender:              : Male

Date of birth     : 23 November  1967

Place of birth   : Brits, North West, South Africa

Tribe                  : Ndebele

Marital Status : Married

Nationality       :South African

Occupation      : DJ, Musician, Businessman

Record Label   : Kalawa Jazmee, Universal Music

Family and Marriage

Oskido is the first born to Zimbabwean politician Esaph Mdlongwa and South African woman Emily Molefi . Esaph Mdlongwa was a former member of the Welshman Ncube-led MDC. After being born in South Africa Oskido was brought up in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. But later returned to South Africa at 21 years of age.


Oskido married his wife Kibi and had two children namely Mandy and Naledi Mdlongwa. However, they separated in 2015 after Oskido claimed he had found new love with Mathapelo. After marrying Mathapelo, the couple had a son whom they named bass. To date, Oskido only has three children.

Education and Qualifications

Oskido studied in Zimbabwe where he attended Luveve Primary School. After completing Primary School, he furthered his education at  Gifford High School in Bulawayo. He worked in the family tuck shop before relocating back to South Africa in search of job.


Upon relocation to South Africa, Oskido became a car mechanic intern. After receiving his last paycheck, he went to buy a hot dog stand which enabled him to sell boerewors (sausage). While selling sausage rolls outside the Razzmatazz nightclub in Johannesburg, Oskido constantly sneaked in, to spin the closing sessions. Oskido’s career finally kicked off after he volunteered to perform at Razzmatazz when the scheduled DJ failed to turn up.

Meanwhile, Oskio started reworking songs and formulating his own sound in the studio. He went on to release the case compilations ‘Mixmaster’ and ‘Big Jam’, thus boosting his popularity outside of Johannesburg. Later on, he teamed up with producers Don Laka and Christos Katsaitis, and together they founded Kalawa Records. In 1995 they complex with Trompie’s Jazmee records and the label later turned into Kalawa Jazmee.

Oskido Music

Oskido was among the first artists to produce kwaito tracks in the 1990s by adding vocals to the slow tempo house beats. His Kwaito sound was infused with jazz elements so it could be differentiated from the rest of the Kwaito sounds. The jazz elements were orchestrated by his partner Don Laka, who’s a jazz maestro.

Oskido is also known for his top selling ‘Church Grooves’ compilation series, which kicked off in 2001. This masterpiece changed the face of South African house compilations, making them a main in the industry. In the mid-2000s, with a couple of DJs, he started DJU (Deejays Unite). This crew was responsible for equipping young music names and DJs with valuable industry information. The initiative led to rise of names like Black Coffee, DJ Tira, Euphonik and more breaking into the music industry and has opened doors for many others.


Oskido won the MTV Africa Music Award for Best Collaboration in partnership with Absolut in 2014. Furthermore he was awarded the South African Music Award for Best Remix of the Year. His contribution to the development of dance music in South Africa earned him a Special Recognition Award at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards.[He was also part of the Kalawa Jazmee crew honored at the SA Dance Music Awards in 2012.

Oskido Net Worth

Hard work paid off in the story of Oskido. Oskido owns Daruma Japanese Restaurant and lives in Carlswald, Midrand South Africa in a luxurious home. Oskido makes money from music royalties, revenue from shows, record executive dues, endorsements and his businesses. In conclusion, Oskido has an estimated net worth of R27.3 million.

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