Tiwa Savage is back with a new tune. She had recently announced her exit from Mavin Records after a prosperous 7 years to join Roc Nation. 49 – 99 is her debut single under her new record label and it’s a fascinating one. 49 – 99 draws it’s inspiration from one of Fela’s songs. The title makes reference to the popular Molue mode of transportation that is now obsolete. In Molues, up to 49 people could sit down while 99 others could stand.
49 - 99 starts Fela-style. The sounds at the intro were similar to the sounds Fela used to make in his sounds. We loved the way the song progressed from an Afrobeat sound to an Afropop sound.
The song focuses on hustle, money, desires, oppression (financial) and and by extension the economy of the country. The lyrical structure of the song is decent. We were not really impressed by the plot development especially as it began to wane and water down at the end of the song. However, it ended up being fairly average.
The vocals of the song are clear and crisp. We had no issues hearing what Tiwa Savage was singing. She was singing effortlessly and smoothly. We enjoyed her vocal performance.
The melody of 49 - 99 is rich and it runs deep. The teetering back and forth from two different genres makes the song fascinating and delectable. We liked how the genres rolled over each other subtly and smoothly. The song is tuneful and memorable.
The instrumentals of the song are decent. We liked the oscillating rhythm of the beats. It combined with the melody to form an even richer harmony.