Gary Tight, son to Willom Tight, was all smiles last Friday when his debut album Nzira Yangu was auctioned for US$2 000 at EastPoint.
The 25-year-old dedicated the album to his late mentor Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, who ushered him into the music world at Sam Mtukudzi’s memorial show. “I salute the late Dr. Oliver Mtukudzi for the belief that he had in me; imagine Dr. Tuku is a brand that almost everybody on earth would not hesitate to work with.
“I dedicate this album to the life he lived, we are who we are because of his passionate contribution to arts,” he said. Gary said he will always cherish the late national hero, who also gave him tools of the trade. “Mudhara Tuku blessed me specifically by giving me this expensive acoustic guitar.
“His home studio was my home and is still my home. “Mudhara Tuku launched me, Dr. Oliver Mtukudzi launched Gary Tight before his death. “He really loved me so I must not let Mudhara Tuku down: he said.
His manager Max Mugaba praised the youngster for releasing a polished album. “This is Gary Tights’ first album, he really tightened his musical strings hence his first album launch today (13 March 2020).
“He used to release a lot of Afro-beat music singles, and he is now finding himself I think you remember that Gary was part of the Sam Mtukudzi’s band, automatically meaning that Mudhara Tuku was his mentor, so it is so befitting that he had to have this soulful album. “It is all about his future, not about where he is coming from, we are expecting people to warm up to this album, and in a couple of weeks, he will be dropping a video of each of these songs on the album,” he said.
Mugaba also praised the production team that helped Gary on his debut album. “Gary started working on Nzira Yangu last year, around September. it was recorded in South Africa by Munya Viali, who was Dr Tuku’s Blacks Spirits keyboardist,” said Mugaba.
On whether there are any projects he recorded with his late mentor Tuku, Mugaba said: “You will find out very soon. It is a special project.”
One of the guests at the launch Dumisani “Chief Duns” Borerwe, who bought the CD for US$2 000, praised Gary for his talent. “Remember Gary was blessed with an acoustic guitar by Dr Tuku before he died. I was also excited by the blessings Gary got from many artists like Seh Calaz, Extra Large, Mono Mukundu, who toured the world with Dr Tuku as Blacks Unlimited band’s lead guitarist: he said.
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