Tuku protégé ready to conquer

HARARE - Desperate having no album to his name, Gary Tight, 20, has won the endorsement of none other than music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi.

Zimbabwean music fans were surprised recently when Tuku announced through his manager Sam Mataure that the son of Afro-fusion artiste Willom Tight would be part of the forthcoming Abi’angu 2 — an album that features the Perekedza Mwana composer’s musical friends.

They justifiably wondered how a rookie like Gary could be included on an album featuring international music icons like Hugh Masekela (South Africa), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South

Africa), Salif Keita (Mali), South Africa-based Kunle Ayo (Nigeria) and Alick Macheso.

But all this bafflement on what it is that won over the heart of  Tuku — a veteran with over four decades in music —

appears set to be laid to rest by the imminent release of Gary’s debut album.

The former Churchill Boys High School student, who leads a band called Zion Originated, is set to  unleash a 10-track album produced by Clive “Mono” Mukundu in the first week of December.

“My maiden album will be launched near my December 2 birthday,” Gary told the Daily News on Sunday.

“It is a solo album. I wrote all the 10 tracks on the project. I haven’t come up with an album title yet. It will either be called Life or Topinde Mukati because it is about life experiences particularly in the ghetto.”

The young musician, who could include his duet with Jah Prayzah on the debut album, conceded that the run-up to the album launch has made him a bundle of nerves.

“Despite being very much a rookie in the music business I have been lucky to get the support of established musicians like Oliver Mtukudzi and my father (Willom Tight). My performances have also won a lot of support,” he said.

“I am a little anxious right now. I am wondering if my debut album will justify the unbelievable support I have got from music fans and established musicians. I realise that my first album will make or break me.”

Gary, who completed his ‘A’ Level studies at Churchill High School last year and is now a student at the Zimbabwe College of Music, is however, convinced that he has put together an album of great quality.

“It is in my nature to be anxious about things because I am always pushing myself to do

better and better. But I am confident that Zimbabwe will fall in love with my music.

“I am ready for the next level of my musical journey and it is my wish to enjoy a high level of success,” he said.


Comments (4)

He's a real talent this guy. I had a chance of watching him perform in a number of concerts, including the Oliver Mtukudzi greatest hits concert.

Jiji - 10 November 2014

Go on young man, we are behind you. I cant wait to here what you are going to deliver to us. Lets do it us young people!

Zororo - 10 November 2014

I meant hear...... Neh

zororo - 10 November 2014

That young guy is somthing else for sure, i heard him perfoming together with his father Willom at Ligi bar sometime ago, haaa anogona hake mfana iyeye. Its good that the hidden talent has been revealed. Go SonTight Go usatya vhura mapombi ese, takatovhura dzedu nzeve tirikuda kunzwa iwew. Big up to Mdhara Tuku uriziBaba Racho. your latest Album is mwaaaa.

Harold - 10 November 2014

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