Video: Tiwa Savage – “49-99”
According to Tiwa, 49-99 track is created to shed light on the failings of the Nigerian economy and to show the sufferings of the people.
Nigerian songstress, Tiwa Savage wastes no time to dish out the official music video for her highly anticipated single titled “49-99“.
In her recent interview with London based Nigerian OAP, Shopsy on the 4th of September where Tiwa revealed that title of the record, 4999 was inspired by Fela’s classic hit record ‘Suffering and Smiling’ where he said “49 sitting 99 standing suffering and smiling.
According to Tiwa, this single is created to shed light on the failings of the Nigerian economy and to show the sufferings of the people. She said;
49-99 was a phrase that was coined by the Godfather of afrobeat, Fela Kuti. 49 sitting 99 standing. Suffering and smiling. For those who are not Nigerians, we have this transit bus called molue and it has 49 seats. Instead of you to have 49 people sitting to commute to work and back, they 49 sitting and double that which is like 99 standing. That’s a reflection of the economy and the imbalances where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The song you can Zanku to but I wanted my first global single to also have a message that we are suffering and smiling and music is a powerful tool … and I wanted a title that’ll be a conversation starter.
Tiwa Savage reaffirms she is the boss lady in her new visual. The track marks a new chapter in Tiwa’s journey as a Nigerian artiste as this song becomes her first global single after leaving Mavin Records for Universal Records.
Check on it below;