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Tiwa Savage releases her new record "44-99"

Nigerian artist Tiwa Savage drops her new song "44-99"

Tiwa Savage

Savage recently recorded "Keys to the Kingdom," a song that she co-wrote for the soundtrack The Lion King: The Gift after being hand-picked to do so by Beyoncé. While utterly infectious, "49-99" makes a powerful statement about poverty. Tiwa Savage explains, "'49-99' is a term coined from the hard life many Nigerians go through. A transit bus serves as a case study. It ought to have only 49 seated passengers, however due to poor economic conditions, we often have nearly twice that number of passengers standing (99)."

Savage also notes, "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. '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."

Check out "44-99" below:

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