Gary Tight brings Tuku to tears

HARARE - Music legend Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi is a is a tough-as-nails artiste who has seen it all over the last four decades but he could not help shedding a tear or two when upcoming musician Gary Tight performed a song by his late son Sam at Maestro Restaurant on Thursday night.

In honour of Tuku, who was guest of honour at his 21st birthday celebrations, Gary, the son of veteran musician Wilom Tight, performed the song Cheziya off the album of the same name that was posthumously released in September 2010, six months after Sam Mtukudzi’s in a car crash.

It was a passionate performance that moved the veteran music who could hardly conceal his emotions as Gary delivered a presentation that evoked memories of the late Sam.

“Gary’s performance and his history with Sam made me shed tears. Look at the coincidence –Gary is 21 while Sam died at 21.

“Sam achieved a lot in a few years in music more than I did in my first decade in music. I was surprised by the people who attended Sam’s funeral. All manner of people came all because they were friends of Sam,” said an emotional Tuku.

Tuku, who will be celebrating 40 years in music at a concert to be held tonight at his Pakare Paye Arts Centre, urged Gary to always maintain a high level of discipline on and off the stage.

“I help you (Gary) not because you are the son of my friend Wilom Tight but because uri mupfana aribho (You are a good boy.)

“Ukava mwana akanaka zvese unozviwana (If you behave well you will succeed.)Talent is important yes but discipline and focus are more important. On Saturday (today) I will be celebrating 40 years in music.

“I didn’t reach this milestone entirely because of my talent but due to discipline and hard work. There are many even more talented people who have failed to succeed because of lack of discipline.”

Tuku added that those who pursue music seeking a quick buck won’t succeed.

“Gary the aim of music is to heal the broken-hearted. You should not sing for money Gary because in music by and large you don’t get paid; you get appreciated.

“Do music because you were delegated by God to heal his people. You are God’s messenger sent to heal his people. Chinoita mbiri is the music not the musician. I will always remain Oliver Mtukudzi from Highfield and you will always be Gary from Mabvuku.

“But above all never forget that there is God. You should dedicate everything to God. This will make you realise that good performances do not result from drugs,” said the 63 year old musician at the event that was also graced by jazz veteran Bob Nyabinde and Wilom Tight’s long-time friend Dino Mudondo.

Comments (2)

Wise words from the superstar. Ndafunda!

stephen - 8 December 2015

"Chinoita mbiri is the music not the musician", I wish all musicians learn something from these words of wisdom!

Reason Manyanga - 9 December 2015

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