They were buddies in urban music circles. Now they are worlds apart, not in spiritual realms alone, but also in terms of their friendship.
The bad blood might have been boiling since Onesimus, born Armstrong Kalua, decided to dedicate his life as a born-again Christian.
But the public got a clue with Piksy’s release of Mthunzi, then his biting comment on Onesimus’ Facebook page post on November 1 2015 where the self-styled Major Junior talked about miracle money being in his pocket, wallet and bank account.
Piksy, real name Evans Zangazanga, responded with a call to born-again Christians to work hard, saying lazy people will always wait for miracles.
The discussion took another turn, possibly a climax of it all on November 4, with Onesimus posting an Open Letter addressed to Piksy.
He has also released a song Open Letter purportedly addressing Piksy to consider turning back to God as a born-again Christian, saying God needs his life to continue with the vision they shared in reaching out to the world.
Onesimus, who is based in South Africa, told Daily Times last week: “I live my life, he decides to get involved. I tried talking to him privately…He still goes on to talk on social media of which I find very unpleasant and childish to do as a man.”
Piksy, however during an interview with The Nation after performing in Mzuzu on Saturday, pushed the blame on Onesimus for taking their differences to the social media.
“I have talked to Armstrong on WhatsApp, telling him that I don’t believe in the route he has taken as the best way to reach out to me, but he insists that is the best way,” he said.
Piksy said all he wants, as he has done in his song Mthunzi, is to break the culture of secrecy surrounding prophets and their prophecies which, he said, most of them are not true.
He said people should question and talk about these issues, usually considered as taboos, for the sake of sanity in the Christian world.
“These people [prophets] lie to us, and people are afraid to speak just because it’s the name of God in question. But God is not something that we need to be afraid of because God is love.
“As musicians, everybody has his own role to take. I may not be preaching, but I reach out to people with the good messages such as use of contraceptives. Not all of us can be pastors,” he said. n