Oskido on egos, Bongo Maffin reunion and Busiswa's future at Kalawa Jazmee
Music mogul Oskido has seen it all in his nearly three decades in the music industry, mentoring some of the biggest names in SA music, and said the biggest killer of talent was not opportunity but ego.
As a founder of record label Kalawa Jazmee, Oskido has worked with artists from all walks of life and told TshisaLIVE that he did not care for people who thought they were the bee's knees.
"The biggest challenge we face is people being big-headed and losing respect for others. There are too many people who have had so much talent but have wasted it because of their attitude. Opportunities will come for those with talent, often they do, but no one wants to stick with someone who thinks they are better than others."
Egos were reported to be behind a feud that split Kalawa Jazmee's award-winning group Bongo Maffin, but as the group prepares to release their comeback album, their first in 12 years, Oskido denied there was once a rift in the band.
"They were just taking a break and they are back together now. There is no bad blood and no tension in the group. We just decided that now was the right time to get them back together and record a project. Many groups take a break, it is normal, but we are just grateful that they have come back together again."
The project is due for release later this year.
But as one of Oskido's protégé acts returns to the label, there has been speculation that he will lose several others, including songstress Busiswa.
He addressed the claims by comparing Kalawa Jazmee to a football team.
"It is like running a soccer club, talent comes and goes and you just have to nurture it while it is with you. Her contract is expiring in a few months and she will make a decision about her future then. We will never stand in her way if she feels like she will grow elsewhere."
Oskido will perform at the Red Bull Music Festival in April and said he was excited to perform at the event.
"I am really excited to perform at the festival. After all this time in the industry I still get excited to play at every show and give everything during my performances. Fans can expect a party," he said.