Gary Tight sizzles at single launch

HARARE - Not even the no-show of embattled Jah Prayzah at the launch of Gary Tight’s launch of his debut single ‘Ndazonyora’ at the Book Café on Tuesday night could dampen the party mood at the well-attended event.

Jah Prayzah, who currently stands accused of copying the beat of his ‘Mwanasikana’ hit from the song of Ghanaian musician Emmanuel Samini, featured on ‘Ndazonyora’  but missed the launch of the highly anticipated single because he had a show in Zvishavane on the same night.

But Gary, who only turned 20 at the beginning of this month, refused to be deflated by the absence of the ‘Gochi Gochi’ singer. He immediately kick-started the night by inviting his father Willom Tight for the two to perform the latter’s old hit ‘Ndinoda Wangu.

What a beautiful performance it was! Backed by Zion Originated Band, which features 15 year old Taka Mukundu as lead guitarist, Gary performed a string of new songs that will feature on his upcoming album set to be released in the first half of next year.

Even though Jah Prayzah failed to turn up, the crowd never stopped asking Gary to play ‘Ndazonyora’ and the young artiste duly obliged in spectacular fashion. The crowd could not help wondering how a mere 20 year old could exude the aura and stage presence associated with veterans of the music game.

If all the tracks on Gary’s forthcoming album measure up to ‘Ndazonyora,’ it will surely set the stage for the young artiste to make a grand entry to Zimbabwe’s competitive music industry.

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 confident that his forthcoming album will win the hearts of many.

“I just hope all the hard work we have put into this album will win over music fans. I hope the album will be my first step towards a long successful music career,” he told the Daily News after the launch of ‘Ndazonyora.’

Gary has been a regular feature in newspapers since music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi announced a few months ago that he would include the 20 year old artiste on the forthcoming Abi’angu 2-an album that features the Perekedza Mwana composer’s musical friends.

The album will feature  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.

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