The DJ says the biopic will give fans an inside look into how the record label established its success, despite the initial struggles faced by its owners.
Kwaito music veteran, Oskido, told his social media followers on Monday, 14 January 2019, that a mini-series based on his Kalawa Jazmee record label is on the cards.
The DJ had an informal meeting with Urban Culture auteur director, Vincent Moloi. “Watch this space for an original kasi life story of Kalawa Jazmee,” said the DJ, whose real name is Oscar Mdlongwa. Moloi is a multi-award winning director. His short film ‘Berea’ was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival. He was also the director of the South African series ‘Hillside’.
Mdlongwa said the mini-series will tell the story of how the label owners came “from nothing and ended up in the forefront of building a multimillion dollar industry.” He added that: “We were the outsiders who became the main players.” The label was established in 1992 and has housed legendary talents like Boom Shaka and Mafikizolo.
The company is now run by Zayne “Mahoota” Sibiya, Bruce Sebitlo, Mandla ‘Spikiri’ Mofokeng and Emmanuel “Mjokes” Matsane. Oskido is credited as one of many South African artists who, in the 1990s, ignited the Kwaito revolution, spreading interest in the genre outside of the townships. Today, Oskido is still one of the most celebrated artists in South African music with hits such as ‘I Believe’ and ‘Tsa Mandebele’.