Thursday 5 September 2019

Tiwa Savage explains meaning of her new single 49-99

After days of waiting and wondering, Tiwa Savage finally drops her much awaited first single of the Year titled 49-99. 
At first, people thought it was an album, but after it's premier today, it turns out to be a single. Though some people knew that, as she had a listening party for the single in London, on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

During the listening party, she had a Q&A session during which she revealed what ‘49-99’ means. 

She said "49-99' stands for ‘Forty nine, ninety-nine’ and not ‘Four thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine’ or ‘Four nine nine nine. It’s a phrase that was coined by the godfather of afrobeats, Fela Kuti. It means, ‘49 sitting, 99 standing.’ Errm, suffering and smiling. For those who are not Nigerian, we have these transit buses which we call a 'molue' and it has 49 seats. So instead of it to have 49 people to commute to work and back, you have 49 people sitting and double that standing, hanging… That’s just a reflection of the economy and the imbalance with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. So the song, even when you first listen to it - it’s a great record, it’s one you can zanku to and dance to. But I wanted something; I wanted my first global single to have a message that we are suffering and smiling and music is a powerful tool. And I wanted a title which could be a conversation starter like 49 people sitting and 99 people standing... like we’re suffering and smiling. ”

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