The Herald (Harare)

29 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Gary Tight Music Icon in Making

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Willom Tight

Some like to call him mufana waWillom while others prefer to call him mwana wa tight (Wilom Tight's son) but the upcoming afro jazz vocalist said he gets overwhelmed if you mention the name Gary.

Gary Tight (18) the first born of prominent afro jazz musician Willom Tight is doing his O-Levels at Churchill Boys High School and has joined the school band to ensure a strong foundation for his music career.

The music icon in the making said he was inspired by his father to sing, adding that he also gets moral support from his mother Nyasha Tight.

"I was inspired by my father who has done great in the arts sector and my mother who urges me to pray to God. I am happy because my family is always supporting me whenever I go for performances at weddings, at the Book Cafe and at school," he said.

He said music was something that he considered as a gift from God, adding that his immediate goal was to hone his skills so that he can appeal to the international market.

"Music is something that is in me. It is a gift from God and I am planning to perform on the international stage with international music stars in the future."

Recently the powerful and passionate singer did well when he performed as a special guest at Book Café with his school band.

Wearing a white bow tie and a bright shirt with a pair of blue jeans Gary said the performance boosted his confidence.

"I cant contain my joy right now. I am happy that the audience got mesmerised with my vocals and performance on the stage," he said.

His dad, Willom a powerful afro jazz sensation conceded that the boy had a bright future ahead of him.

"The guy is just amazing when it comes to singing. I know he will be successful in the music circles," said Tight.

He said that it was the dream of any father in the world to have a son who will carry his legacy forward when he retires.

"It's a nice feeling and a dream to have a son like (Gary) who fights to correct where you go wrong and expand something that you have established.

"I am happy to have Gerry, because he has been helping me a lot to perfect my tracks in my latest album "Chinyerere" and inspires me to keep on singing," said Willom.

Tight said he started treating Gary like a band member when he discovered that the young boy was able to follow his singing style at a tender age of three.

"When the boy was just three years old I asked him to follow what I was doing (singing) and he did exactly what I had requested from him.

"It then dawned on me the guy could sing.

"When I discovered the boy could sing and was talented I immediately started treating him not just like a son but also a band member," he said with a smile.

The "Ndinoda Wekumaruzevha" hit maker said he was planning on assisting his son to ensure that he would become a brand name.

"Gary is a master of all instruments because he plays mbira, drums, guitar and keyboard so I see him doing greater things compared to what I have done," said Tight

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