'Lucky' Gary Tight lauds Tuku

HARARE - Upcoming musician Gary Tight says the support he continues to get from music legend Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi has made him the envy of many local artistes.

Tuku surprised many when he agreed to grace Gary’s 21st birthday celebrations on December 3 a few hours after landing in the country from a tour of the United Kingdom and Australia.

Gary, the son of veteran musician Wilom Tight, told the Daily News on Sunday the veteran musician‘s role at his birthday was yet another demonstration of his selflessness.

“I felt so honoured to have him at my birthday gig. In fact, my birthday falls on December 2 but we had to push the celebrations by a day at the insistence of mudhara (Tuku) because he had gigs in the United Kingdom and Australia.

“The fact that he could grace my event a few hours after landing in the country from a foreign tour and about a day before the concert at which he celebrated 40 years in music, made me feel very lucky and privileged,” said Gary.

The young musician added that he owes a lot to the internationally-acclaimed music superstar.

“I could say that 40 percent of Gary Tight the musician has been contributed by Mudhara Tuku. Many Zimbabwean musicians, some of them more experienced and talented than me, often ask me why Mudhara Tuku has such a soft spot for me.

“They are surprised by the fact that such an iconic artiste is willing to assist Gary wo zvake; a young artiste who is still to release his debut album,” said the Ndazonyora singer.

Gary said he was pleasantly surprised when Tuku asked him to give a speech at a luncheon held on Sunday after the gig to celebrate the music legend’s 40-year music career.

“It really felt special to be asked to give a speech along with other very important people who included Steve Dyer, Picky Kasamba, Tuku’s former manager Debbie Metcalfe, Ringo Madlingozi, Bob Nyabinde and Peter Muparutsa.

“I was asked together with Donald Kanyuchi to speak on behalf of Mudhara Tuku’s children in music. It was such a great honour for me, a simple and upcoming musician to speak at such a great musician’s event,” he said.

The fledgling artiste has always been a 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 Tuku’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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