By Marcfarlane Mbewe
South Africa based Onesimus has turned back to his Malawian roots in “Panado”, his new predominately Chichewa single which seeks to heal people from the pain of jealousy and hate.
The AfroBeat piece is also Onesimus’ first song in to be essentially sang in his mother language years after he moved to the rainbow nation where he was signed by Major One records, a Christian entertainment company owned by his compatriot and spiritual father, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri.
Just like in “Here with me”, one of his latest 2020 releases, the singer-songwriter continues tackling detractors only that this time in “Panado” he is asking them to take a dosage of the famous painkiller, Panado in an attempt to be relieved from the human nature of jealousy and hate.
Born Sopani Armstrong Kalua, the artist, who continues to face resistance from most of his people and peers back in his native Malawi following his rise to international stardom, worked with DJ Megi, who produced the 3:20 minutes song. Interestingly, Megi is the record producer behind “Here with me.”
A press kit released internationally by Muthaland Entertainment and locally distributed by Pencils PR indicates Onesimus authored “Panado” with Mphatso Nancginga as its composer.
Onesimus is clearly undeterred by Covid-19 in a year that has seen him put out multiple singles including the inspirational, “Take it easy.” This as the 30-year-old continues retaining social media status as one of Malawi’s most followed entertainers.
In his native Malawi, the musician rose to stardom in 2013 following the release of love Afropop singles “Sinditha kumvetsa” and “Ndamusowa”. Onesimus went on to put out “BRB” his first widely acclaimed EP. A few years later he became a born again Christian, a turning point which came after an encounter with the internationally acclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri also known as Major 1.