Oskido rejects Zimbabwean recognition- as he turns down RoilBAA nomination

Oskido rejects Zimbabwean recognition- as he turns down RoilBAA nomination
One of South Africa's Kwaito pioneers, Dj Oskido

Celebrated, Kalawa Jazmee Records co-founder, Dj and producer, Oscar Bonginkosi ‘Oskido’ Mdlongwa has rejected Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards (RoilBAA) nomination, on grounds that he does not qualify for the accolade.

Oskido was nominated in a new category, Outstanding Arts Personality from Outside of Bulawayo.

Considering that the music guru grew up in Luveve, Bulawayo and has held Homecoming gigs for over five years in Bulawayo, it was fitting, well according to the organisers, that the popular Dj be recognised.

It has been reported that Kalawa Jazmee, did not want anything to do with the nomination and had this to say,

“Please note that Oskido was born in Brits, South Africa and was raised in Bulawayo therefore he doesn’t qualify for the nomination”.

It has also been reported that Kalawa Jazmee spokesperson, Scotch Mathenga also confirmed that the record label had rejected the nomination.

“Yes, Kalawa has rejected Oskido’s nomination. I can’t really delve into the reasons why, but the rejection is true,” Mathenga said.

Ultimately, what Kalawa Jazmee has said about Oskido with this response is that although they acknowledge that he was brought up in Bulawayo, he is a South African and identifies as one.

This news comes as a surprise and an offense to some Bulawayo fans who were excited about the nomination. Oskido hosts one of the biggest shows, the Kalawa Homecoming Party in the city. Every year end, people are always anxious to attend the Homecoming Party which is mostly held at Queens Sports Club.

As such, Oskido’s RoilBAA rejection may be a setback as his name would have given the event more clout in the arts industry. If he insists on rejecting the nomination, it remains to be seen who the organisers will replace him with. Oskido had been nominated in the Outstanding Arts Personality from Outside of Bulawayo with Jah Prayzah and Winky.

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