Radio Kilombo, airing weekly on Thursdays from 9-10pm, curates the Earth’s finest collection of seductive African and Afro-Latin grooves. The selections are three parts club culture, one part roots culture, and all parts positive. From Global Bass to Afro-Latin Folkloric to Rare Groove, join us for our weekly convocation, hear the story of the rhythms, and let the music stir your soul!
In 2001, David Bonobo created the program ¡SouLbRosO! for KillRadio.org, an L.A.-based internet radio collective. In 2010, he launched the now defunct Radio Machete podcast network. It included his own program, El Ritmo Subversivo, which he brought to KPTZ 91.9 FM in Port Townsend, WA in 2018. In 2021, it was re-branded as Radio Kilombo with new co-host Thais Oliviera. DJ BoNobO has played for club and festival audiences across Mexico, Cuba, California, and Washington state. As a music journalist, he has interviewed Lila Downs, Rocky Dawuni, Sidestepper, Sandra Izadore, Jeremy Sole, Celso Piña, Antibalas, and more.
Thais Oliveira hails from Sao Paolo, Brazil’s largest city. Her father was a Jazz musician, and she has absorbed much of his musical knowledge through osmosis. After working as a journalist in Sao Paolo for several years, she set out to see the world. While traveling, she met her husband in Alaska before going on to visit Europe, Mexico, and Cuba. She has long held a deep fascination with African culture within her native Brazil, and she considers herself to be a student of that and other forms of African rooted culture across the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa. Thais brings a wealth of experience and first hand knowledge of Brazilian music with her as she embarks on this new adventure as co-host of Radio Kilombo.