Gary Tight hogs limelight

HARARE - Gary Tight Muponda, son of Afro-jazz star Wilbroad ‘Willom Tight’ Muponda, is an exceptionally talented musician. 

Recently the elder Tight revealed how his son, now 19, started singing meaningfully at the tender age of three.

But if ever there were people who thought the Ndinoda Wangu hit-maker was inflating the singing abilities of his son, they were proved wrong in a big way at the Book Café recently.

The former Churchill High School band member, who has no recorded album to his name, held a two-hour concert in which he played his own songs throughout his animated performance.

“There was no need for me to play other people’s music because I have over 40 songs that I have composed to date,” Gary told the Daily News on Sunday.

“I am delighted with the way the fans warmed up to these songs that are yet to be released. Though I am working on my debut album currently, I have the capacity to hold a concert totally devoted to my own songs.”

The young musician has promised a debut album that will really excite music fans.

“My first album is going to take a bit of time to complete. I have engaged many producers to ensure that the best will come out of it,” he said.

Despite his tender age, Gary has participated in several festivals where he has shared the stage with superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Suluman Chimbetu, Jah Prayzah, Alexio Kawara, Leonard Zhakata and late mbira queen Chiwoniso Maraire.

Gary owes the rapid-fire rise in his music career to his father.

“My dad made me who I am even though music was an in-born thing for me. Credit should go to my father and my Uncle Sekuru Manjovha for teaching me to remain focussed so that I can reach my potential,” he said.

“My dad always tells me that he  identified my singing talent when I was only two. He wants me to do even better than him.”

Gary Tight, good at both the mbira and guitar, has assembled a six-piece band called Zion Originated composed of young men below the age of 20 who are all his friends.

So serious is Gary about a career in music that he has enrolled at the Zimbabwe College of Music famous for mentoring artistes like Hope Masike, Charles Charamba and Rutendo Machiridza.

“I decided to take my music career to a higher level that is why I joined the  music college in January this year. I am working towards having a national certificate in music and thereafter I will decide whether I should further my music education or not,” he said.

The 19-year-old musician says those who think musicians need no training are totally misinformed.

“At the music college we are taught virtually every aspect of music ranging from how to manage and make money out of music and how to develop one’s self as an artiste. Music education helps a musician to understand and improve his craft,” said Gary.

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