SOUTH African music mogul Oscar “Oskido” Mdlongwa says his inspiration for coming up with kwaito music was Robin S’ 1990 hit ‘Show me love’ that he was reminded of when he was partying in Ibiza, Spain.
Robin S’ hit made it to the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, a rare feat for a house song at the time. According to The Guardian, “Show Me Love” influenced contemporary house songs.
After listening to the hit, Oskido says he went on to set up Kalawa Jazmee Records that shaped the careers of the likes of award winning ’90s pop group Boom Shaka led by Lebo Mathosa, Zonke, multiple award winner Professor, female DJ Zinhle, Mafikizolo, Bongo Muffin, Winnie Khumalo, Dr Malinga, Unathi and Berita Khumalo.
Posting on his Facebook fan page, Oskido, who was raised in Bulawayo’s Luveve suburb, said many fans don’t know that the song inspired him to dream of having music that captivated the masses.
“Many people don’t know the source. When making Kwaito, I was inspired by this Robin S song, Show Me Love. From there we created a Kwaito Movement. It feels great to see the world is still appreciating this sound. Golden Rule – find your source, what inspires and ignites that magic inside of you. Dreams are possible black child.?#?ThisIsIbiza? ?#?ibelieve?,” posted Oskido.
He said the song reminded him of the days he used to sell wares outside a night club in Johannesburg before he made it big.
“From Razzmatazz days selling boerewors outside the club, now hustling worldwide. I always believed it was possible. I tell my kids all the time in life DREAMS can be a reality. Whatever your dream, GO FOR IT! Now hustling NEW frontiers – Ibiza, Spain.?#?MusicIsMyLife? ,” posted Oskido.
The 50-year-old celebrated producer is behind many kwaito and house hits that have filled up dance floors in South Africa and Zimbabwe.