Award-winning songstress, Tiwa Savage, has dropped the music video for her high highly anticipated new single, 49-99.
The new single is her first official solo work since she exited Mavin records and joined Universal Music Group in May.
The Meji Alabi-directed video began global streaming on Sept. 5 following a listening party where Tiwa explained the message behind the song and video.
The video features a recreation of Congo High: Class of ’72, an epic photography collection of Congolese schoolgirls in eccentric hairstyles and blue white-collared uniforms.
The photographs were taken by renowned photographer, Elliot Elisofon. The girls were living in early 1970s Congo, the beginning of the Mobutu regime.
Elisofon was actively campaigning for ‘African authenticity’, attempting to purge the country of all colonial cultural influence.
Taking some cue from his works, Tiwa re-imagined the styling of the girls in the photographs and explained that the song was a call for social change.
She said, “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. On ’49-99,’ Tiwa says.
“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.” She added.
The music star elaborated on the song in a press release ‘49-99’ as a term coined from the hard life many Nigerians go through.
The song reveals a case study of a transit bus service which ought to serve 49 persons but due to the poor economic condition is often made to carry twice the number with so many persons standing.
The track also references Fela Kuti’s famous “49 sittings, 99 standing” line from his 1978 song “Shuffering and Shmiling.”
Throughout the track, Tiwa sings about the pursuit of money in Nigeria, offering commentary on widespread poverty.
Video: 2Baba drops Opo Ft. Wizkid
Veteran Nigerian singer, 2Baba drops the official music video to his most recent song “Opo” featuring Starboy Wizkid.
“Opo Video” performed by 2Baba and Wizkid is the second official music video released from the HyperDigital boss 7th Studio Album ‘Warriors’ a follow up to ‘We Must Groove’ featuring Burna Boy.
“Opo” means plenty, the legendary singers talks about an Endowed lady. The song is a feel good jam with a lovely vibe, melody and catchy lyrics. This definitely is fans’ favourite from the Warrior Album.
The music video was directed by award-winning video director, Clarence Peters.
Reminisce ft. Fireboy on new song ‘Ogaranya’
Remilekun Safaru, a Nigerian rapper-songwriter better known as Reminisce, has enlisted Fireboy, a YBNL-signed singer, for his collaborative single titled ‘Ogaranya’.
The song, which was released on Monday, is produced by Sarz, a showbiz mogul, as part of Reminisce’s upcoming six-track EP ‘Vibes and Insha Allah’.
In ‘Ogaranya’, which doubles as an Igbo title describing a person of financial influence, Reminisce brings aboard his Yoruba-Pidgin rap flows as Fireboy croons about romantic stints in the background.
While the song comes as Fireboy’s first feature outside YBNL since he joined the label, it also doubles as one of Reminisce’s followups to ‘Prosperity’, his collaborative track with Falz, a colleague rapper.
Reminisce had his first song in 2006, recording a hardcore rap album at Coded Tunes but the project was never released. He thereafter decided to focus on his studies and complete schooling.
In 2008, he had a rap verse on a track titled ‘Bachelor’s Life’ off ‘Gongo Aso’, 9ice’s sophomore album. ‘Ever since’ and ‘If Only’, his first and second singles, would later establish him in the country’s music industry.
With four albums to his name, the rapper has snagged multiple awards, worked with notable musicians across Nigerian, and made a slew of critically acclaimed tracks.
Tanzanian singer, Vanessa Mdee, quits music, says its demonic
Tanzanian singer, Vanessa Hau Mdee, has announced her decision to quit her music career.
The 32-year-old songstress said it on her 29 minutes Podcast “Deep Dive with Vanessa Mdee”.
According to Mdee, the music industry is demonic and she is currently working on being an advocate of honesty, beauty and what facing your demons can do for you.
“I don’t know who needs to hear this, but my mission is to be a light. I know that I would probably disappoint a few people and that’s okay.
”I know that my fans don’t wanna hear this but guess what am never be too far away from you, trust me. The reason why I had to leave the industry is that I needed to choose my life, the music industry is demonic.
”People will tell you half-truth about what really goes on, and the truth is I just wanna be an advocate for honesty and beauty and being a sincere advocate for what facing your demons can do for You.
“Now my fans are probably asking themselves right now; Are you gonna never sing again? Are we gonna never see you perform? Let me reiterate, I love music, I love to create, I love to perform, I’m a vessel, this is what I was brought on earth to be.
Mdee also recalled becoming an alcoholic who could drink herself to sleep after becoming depressed.
“My advice to someone out there is that be true to who you are. I used to say this in many interviews but not really understand any of it, because then again it sounded like the right thing to say.
”But be true to who you are, I had to look at myself, face myself that it was pain, it was shameful, it was scary but I had to do it because there was no other way and in that I found peace and in that I found elevation, I found desire and passion for life.
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