Young musician Gary Tight will on Friday remind people of the good works done by the late Sam Mtukudzi when he performs the latter’s songs at the “Sam Mtukudzi Commemoration” gig at Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton.
Like the late Sam who followed his father’s footsteps in music, Gary is taking after his father Willom Tight in the music industry and he has done well on his path.
Usually young or upcoming artistes provide curtain-raiser performances for their established elders but on Friday Gary will turn the tables.
He has been given the ‘main act’ role at the show that features heavy weights Oliver Mtukudzi, Alick Macheso, Jah Prayzah and Suluman Chimbetu.
The show will also feature Pakare Paye Arts Ensemble and Prince Edward Jazz Band.
The commemoration comes six years after Sam and his friend Owen Chimhare died in a car accident near Kuwadzana Extension on their way from Harare to Norton.
Gary said he will do his best to remind people of Sam’s works and expertise.
“I have been given a big role. It is not easy to do someone’s music and convince fans. I will try my best to churn out Sam’s songs so that we celebrate his life together.
“I admired his talent and I am humbled to be given such a big task. It shows that organisers of the show have confidence in me and I do not have to disappoint them. I will just do the best,” said Gary.
One of the show organisers, Taka Mashonganyika, said they want to celebrate Sam’s life in a big way and remind his fans of the great works that the musician did in the short time that he followed his father’s music path.
“It is a time of celebration. Sam died on March 15 and we are doing the show on March 18 to celebrate six years after he left us. We are happy that the big names in the industry will all come together to celebrate the life of the young man.
He was indeed talented and he deserves the honour. Gary will take us through the journey that Sam travelled and it will be an eventful night,” said Mashonganyika.