Tuku to grace Gary Tight's birthday bash

HARARE - Music superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi will present rising musician Gary Tight with a symbolic key to the world of music at the young artiste’s 21st birthday celebrations set for Maestro tomorrow.

Gary, who will be launching two singles Babie Ndiwe and Tight Party featuring his father Willom Tight on the night, confirmed that the Bvuma singer had agreed to grace his birthday bash.

“I feel so honoured because he has kindly agreed to grace my birthday gig. In fact, my birthday falls on December 2 but we had to push the celebrations by a day to accommodate mudhara (Tuku) because he had gigs in the United Kingdom and Australia.

“On the day, Mudhara Tuku will give me a symbolic key to music while my father will give me a symbolic key to life,” Gary told the Daily News yesterday.

The young musician has always been the favourite of music legend Tuku. Despite the fact that he is still relatively new on the music scene, Tuku’s manager and drummer Sam Mataure announced last year that Gary would feature on Tuku’s 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.

According to Gary, several leading local musicians will grace his 21st bash, including Roki, Alexio, Patience Musa and Nesto.

He added the two singles that he will release tomorrow will precede his first full album expected to be dropped sometime next year.

Babie Ndiwe and Tight Party come on the back of his earlier singles Ndazonyora and Toita Basa that has won the support of the music public. On the former, he featured Jah Prayzah while his father featured on the latter.

“I just hope that at Maestro I will justify the support I continue to get from Tuku and my father. I will continue to work hard to reach the heights these two heroes of mine have reached,” Gary told the Daily News.

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