Call me just Piksy, Iâ€™m no longer Nthumwi. That is the buzz from Unamata rhymester Piksy, who launched his career as the other half of the Atumwi duo six years ago.
The artist sounded the parting shot Tuesday, ending his music journey with his partner Nthumwi Nicodemo which has been paved with speculation of their separation ever since their unique urban music, Sendeza Analysis, faded.
The two came into the limelight with their sole album Machitidwe a Atumwi in 2008, but questions started emerging when Piksy (real name Evans Zangazanga) ventured into a solo career and signed up to Ndeâ€™feyo Entertainment two years ago.
Said Piksy in a brief exclusive interview: â€œIt is painful for me to quit, but I canâ€™t do otherwise.
â€œFor some time, our fans have been asking for another album, but we have not been able to come together and give them what they want from us as Atumwi. I want to concentrate on my solo projects,â€ said Piksy.
Currently, the rapper is working on his first solo album under the Ndefeyo label, a contract which he signed in 2011.
In a separate interview, Nicodemo (Nicholas Mbonela) wished Piksy good luck, saying: â€œHe told me about his decision and I cannot stop him.
â€œMeanwhile, I will concentrate on my business communication studies at The Polytechnic which affected our plans to release the second album.â€
The two first met in 2003 as poster faces of rival rap and raga groups in Zomba. They reunited in Blantyre in 2005 when Mbonela was studying at Malawi Institute for Journalism and Piksy at Malawi College of Accountancy.
The following year, they recorded their first single MzangaÂ and named their group Atumwi.