The contractual agreement signed by renowned urban artist and Airtel Malawi brand ambassador, Piksy and music label, Nde’feyo Entertainment ends on February 15, 2014 despite the artist claiming the company ended it indirectly, Nyasa Times can reveal.
Nyasa Times has discovered that Piksy is about to sign a contract with a newly formed company run by a Malawian based in Kenya.
The artist has been promised international exposure apart from commercial deals with several companies, a car, international studio recording and house, among other benefits.
Meanwhile, Nyasa Times can reveal Piksy, being bankrolled by yet to be his new managers, has been meeting lawyers in order to help him get out of the contract with outfit.
Earlier last month, the artist wrote the label on his decision not to renew his contract which he said was expiring at the end of the month; however the actual contract in contention ends on February 15, 2014.
And Piksy himself, who signed a contract with the company in 2011, told the media a fortnight ago that it expires on August 30th, 2014 before changing his tune on Friday, claiming it is the company that has ended his contract indirectly and he is now “free agent”.
Piksy said on Friday that he has penned Nde’feyo informing them to stop transacting on his behalf as he is “free agent”, basing his decision on premises of non-adherence to contractual terms.
“I wrote them that from September 1, 2013 the company should stop making transactions on my behalf because I am free agent. If they are claiming that it will end next year, are they going to finance the remaining album and two DVDs? Let us accept that the deal has flopped,” said Piksy.
However, it has been noted that the artist in July released a new music video Maso, which the label said was part of his Maso DVD project, it is currently working on.
When contacted the company’s Media and Public Relations Manager, Maurice Nkawihe said it was baffling that Piksy has chosen to address his contractual issues with the company through the media.
“The artist is still contracted to Nde’feyo, and if he has any concern pertaining to his contract, I don’t think the media would be the right place to address such anxieties. He knows the proper channel of dealing with his concerns; he is not new to Nde’feyo,” said Nkawihe.
He added “I would therefore, advise him to be professional in the way how he handles his issues because as far as Nde’feyo is concerned, we regard him as our artist and still accord him respect and dignified treatment he deserves just like any of our artists”.
Nkawihe, despite refusing to divulge much information on the said contract, confirmed that it is indeed expiring next year.
But the ‘Uncle Short One’ hit-maker argued that the clauses in the contract are silent on what should be done if a signee is not getting contract’s benefits.
“Nde’feyo ended my contract indirectly because I was not getting the intended benefits,” asserted Piksy.
Nkawihe said: “The issue here is about his contract, that is why am saying, he should better use proper channel to address whatever concern he has, otherwise, we don’t think, such contractual issues can be sorted out through the media.
“His contract expires next year, unless there is another contract of which am not aware of. And if he says, we have failed, what does he mean? He has several projects going on, and one of them is what led to the release of current Maso video, so I don’t know what he meant by that”.
Formally of Atumwi duo, Piksy’s career took a new path when he signed to Nde’feyo Entertainment in 2011. He has moved from using CDs to a live band with the record label’s Maziko Band.
Piksy released his first solo album, Maso under the label last year, which contains songs like Unamata, Appetizer, Uncle Short One, Moto, Mphongo, Nyimbo Yako, Ponya Mwendo among others.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :