Listen to Ginger Trill Share His Backstory and Discuss His Latest Album in New ‘No Hidden Agenda Podcast’ Interview

Ginger Trill shares his backstory and discusses his latest album 'From Potch With Love' in new in-depth interview on 'No Hidden Agenda Podcast'.

South African lyricist Ginger Trill's the latest guest on No Hidden Agenda Podcast. The revered rapper's conversation with the hosts of the podcast lasts for more than two hours and covers a wide range of issues.

Trill discusses the thinking behind the release of From Potch With Love and shares stories behind the drop, which include loss and being disrupted by the pandemic, among other things.

Trill also discusses being the first South African rapper to get verified on Twitter, his classic debut album R.O.T.Y, getting love from Sizwe Dhlomo, his come-up days building a reputation on the then-popular radio show The Full Clip which aired on YFM.

Ginger Trill is one of the most gifted lyricists in South Africa, with a rich catalogue of albums, EPs, mixtapes, singles and memorable guest features.

The hosts of No Hidden Agenda Podcast help steer the conversation with the rapper towards interesting anecdotes in Ginger Trill's trajectory and manage to extract valuable insights about his music and life story.

Listen to the whole episode of No Hidden Agenda Podcast featuring Ginger Trill on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and SoundCloud.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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