We had the good fortune of connecting with Kahlil Wonda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kahlil, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
When failures come or you face a series of setbacks, it could be a sign that what you are not truly aligned with your divine purpose. This is a time to revisit your “why.” Ask yourself why you are doing this? Then ask it again, and again to make sure you are going deep enough. If the activity you are struggling with is in alignment with your mission, then you should keep going no matter what. You should also consult with your higher power, God, and/or ancestors for spiritual guidance. If you are led to continue then so be it. You must keep going. If your goal is not aligned with your divine purpose then you should give up on that goal and chart a different course.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started the Reggae Lover podcast in 2014 after 18 years of club DJing and hosting on the radio. My co-host, AGARD, joined 2 years ago. The podcast now has surpassed 500k downloads. We ranked in the top 10 reggae podcasts/internet radio shows for the last two years in a row. Most reggae podcasts, especially those done by DJs, feature mixes or playlists. What sets us apart is that we have in-depth discussions about reggae culture and its issues. When we invite guests, we deep-dive instead of having surface conversations. The result is an insightful, educational, and entertaining experience for listeners. The podcast has been a natural progression for me. I have always had a deep love for reggae. As such, I wanted to share the music with the masses. That love for promoting the culture never left me but my methods evolved over time. My relationship with music transitioned from me going to lots of parties to me DJing at the clubs. Then it shifted to my curation and promotion of events. From there, radio, and now podcasting. This positioned my brand to be able to grow and thrive during the COVID 19 pandemic and quarantine. I’m blessed that I can work from home producing on-demand audio content for the world to consume.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would visit EscovitcheZ, an upscale Jamaican restaurant with delicious food and ambiance. On the north side of town, they are good open for dinner nightly and brunch on the weekend. We would also do the Sunday brunch and/or dinner one evening at Herban Fix. That’s my favorite vegan restaurant in the city. Located on Peachtree in Midtown, this spot features Vietnamese and Asian-fusion cuisine. It’s all meatless, and it’s all amazing. I would definitely hang out at Ponce City Market. There are many eateries and shops to choose from. We would also go over to Krog Street Market, a food hall and market that’s connected to the Atlanta Beltline. We could grab food, drinks, or dessert before or after a stroll along the beltline taking in dope views of the city. My circle prefers a good day party situation whenever possible so Rum Punch Brunch would be a go. This Caribbean event takes over The Soundtable in the Old Fourth Ward on Sundays. The consistent combination of the best drinks and music makes this a no-brainer.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shoutout my beautiful, intelligent, sexy wife Jennifer. She birthed our wonderful children and is helping to raise them into healthy, happy, responsible adults. Jen, I love you. You’re my biggest inspiration and an unbelievable support system. I’m so blessed to have you in my life. I could never do what I do without you. I will also shoutout my cousin, rock-solid friend, and Reggae Lover Podcast co-host, AGARD. He has come through for me repeatedly in multiple ways over the years. It’s an honor to work alongside someone so talented, ingenious, motivational, and humble.