The untimely passing of the legendary musician Dr Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi last week devastated Zimbabwe and the music industry in general, being the renowned and internationally recognised cultural icon of all time that he was.

His legacy transcended the musical realm.

He was a businessman, philanthropist, social commentator, human rights activist, a champion of HIV/AIDS awareness and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa Region.


Samanyanga, as he was affectionately called by his legion of fans, was also an inspiration to young artists as he exemplarily used his music as a commentary on various social, cultural, and economic issues in his music career which spans for over four decades.

One distinguished young energy he inspired was Gary Tight, son to Afro-Jazz musician Willom Tight of the Ndinoda Wangu fame.

Dr Tuku and the rising Afro-pop fusion musician did not just knew each other on a personal level, but also had to collaborate on a song ‘Ndizarurire’, the video of which stands over 300k views on YouTube.

Now, as someone who had the privilege of existing and working in the space of the creative legend, Gary has also joined a batch of great admirers who penned elegies to the late musician.

In the tributary song, which was released with its melancholy visuals, Gary cherishes memories with Dr Tuku while prominently sampling some of Samanyanga’s great tunes.

From one end, he’s singing from a sombre place of bereavement as palpably shown by the dark background of the studio he is performing in.

Such gloomy moments are, however, sheathed by the hued radiant and lighter moments where he performed, hung and dine with the late icon.

As noted earlier, many songs have been released since the passing of Dr Tuku, but it’s only a few of them that have been able to immortalise the lost hero in an encapsulating and emotional way as done by Gary.

Check out the video below:

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