Finally, Waka Waka Hotels have managed to finalise arrangements for renowned Oskido to perform in Malawi on June 29.
Wakawaka management confirmed that the revered South African music star is coming to Malawi.
“We have already paid performance fee of 30 000 Rand. The amount is minus, accommodation, tickets and food for three. Oskido is coming with two other backroom artists. They have demanded a four-star hotel and also VIP security. The whole budget is at K4.1million,” said the hotel’s general manager Gilbert Nizeyimana during a press conference.
Nizeyimana apologised to Malawians for letting them down twice after the South African DJ and house musician failed to pitch up for a show last month.
“The reasons were beyond us as he was committed to a performance at South African president Jacob Zuma’s rally prior to the elections,” he said.
Nizeyimana said they had to break protocol and spoke directly to Oskido’s management, bypassing agent DJ Flava
“We did not want to let Malawians down again that’s why we had to deal directly with Oskido’s management team. It’s a sigh of relief to us as organisers after failing twice the artist is now coming. We want Malawians to know that this is real, their favorite musician is coming,” said Nizeyimana.
Oskido’s creative music hand has been witnessed over the past two decades as he worked with the prolific Dangerous Combination Crew. He has had a hand in many of South Africa’s biggest hits and his work with Bruce “Dope” Sebitlo as a duo called Brothers of Peace was another great achievement.
As producer, Oskido stands above most of his contemporaries and is seen as having kick-started the current trend of remixing classic South African pop hits when he and Sebitlo reworked Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens’ Melodi into Meropa.
He has also been pivotal in discovering new talent in the form of the likes of DJ Zinhle and Black Motion. Besides his colourful profile in recording and producing music, Oskido pursues a career as radio DJ on Metro FM.
Waka Waka has since acquired state of the art equipment which is in line with what South African musician use.
“Remember we had Big Nus performing here so they told us exactly what type of equipment we have to buy if we are to host international artist of repute,” said Niziyemana, who took the press on a tour of the new equipment.
Skeffa Chimoto and three other local artists will also perform at the event.