Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage has been teasing her fans on her social media pages for some weeks now using the figures “49-99”.
The pulsating track, produced by, sees the artist referencing Fela Kuti’s famous “49 sitting, 99 standing” line from his 1978 song “Shuffering and Shmiling.” Throughout the track, the Nigerian sings about the pursuit of money in her home country, offering commentary on widespread poverty.
Not only is the title unusual, but the “Ma Lo” crooner also said told fans earlier that it will be quite different from her usual songs and it appears so.
“49 sitting, 99 standing, oh my God o, I get money before no be property o”, Tiwa chants as she begins the first verse which chronicles her journey so far; from being broke to working hard and finally hitting it big.
Yesterday, she had a listening party in London, England, UK where he explained the meaning and idea behind ’49-99′ and how the song was made.
On ’49-99,’ Savage says, “The song encourages the young to put down the sense of inheritance and work for what they desire in life, for a better tomorrow. We can’t sit on our old glories and expect things to change for the better.
“‘49-99’ also addresses some political leaders who, instead of focusing on the growth of a nation, are there just for the money and having affairs with underage girls – while the citizenry is hustling hard to make a daily living.“
Watch, Listen and Enjoy the video directed by Meji Alabi below.