Tiwa Savage drops her latest single “49-99” with references to the iconic singer Fela Kuti’s “Shuffering and Shmiling” which talks about poverty in Nigeria.
The steamy video produced by Meji Alabi see the diva referencing Fela Kuti’s 49 sitting 99 standing line from his 1978 song titled “Shuffering and Shmiling”. Through the track, she sings about Nigerians’ predicament, how the rich keep getting richer and poor getting poorer.
The star gives us a steamy and striking visual with colorful scenes likewise a symbolic meaning. It showed the star rubbing off the iconic portrait of Congolese schoolgirls taken in 1972, with a scene of her and a group of women dressed in blue and white uniform and hairs made with thread.
We follow her to see her on a transit bus which is a case study, and ought to have 49 passengers but due to the poverty level in the country, it carries double the number (99).
In another scene, we see Tiwa Savage laid down with a long braid, arranged to form a pattern around her.
The project nevertheless is amazing, delivering a pressing message to the society about how they suffer and smile.