According to star musician, Tiwa Savage, her latest single, 49-99 was inspired by Fela.
For those wondering, Tiwa Savage revealed that Fela’s classic hit record ‘Suffering and Smiling’ where he said “49 sitting 99 standing suffering and smiling inspired the numbers. Tiwa Savage revealed this in an interview with London based Nigerian OAP, Shopsy.
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 communite to work and back, they 49 sitting and double that which is like 99 standing. That’s a reflection of the ecomony 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 also revealed that she had written this song with Olamide and Pheelz the producer made the beat.
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