Gary Muponda Tight in sterling musical performance

By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha

Harare, Zimbabwe – GARY Muponda Tight, son to popular Afro-reggae and pop musician, Willom Tight, gave a sterling performance at Mannenberg last week backed by his band, Zion Originated.

Tight, (15) who was an opening act for mbira maestro Taku Mafika’s homecoming show, exhibited a musical maturity that belied his age.

“I just want my music to go very far where no Zimbabwean music has gone before. I want my work to be known locally and internationally,” said Tight, who is currently pursuing Form Three educational studies at Churchill High School.

Tight revealed that he started playing at age two, and is in his high school’s jazz band. Last year, he went on a five-country European musical tour to with several upcoming local musicians including Mafika and Tina Watyoka among others.

During his performance, Tight played the mbira and sang with a high level of confidence that endeared him to the hordes of people that came to the show. The young musician paid tribute to his father for teaching him as well as mentoring him about the music field.

“My journey in music has been very smooth, thanks to my father. He has always been there for me. He has taught me much of what I know about music today. In addition, he is always giving me advice about how to conduct myself as a musician,” said Tight.

His act at the Mannenberg consisted of an eclectic fusion of the mbira, key board, guitar and drums. The young musician capped it all with his mellow voice and richly themed lyrics. Without a doubt, Tight is an emerging artist to look out for in the near future.