Affectionately known as 'the prince of Soul Bossa,' Khari Cabral is a man with many talents and opportunities. His father is a successful businessman and philanthropist and his mother is one of academia's most admired leaders. But rather than pursue a safe career in business or academia, Khari chose to let his passion and deep love for music take him down a different path, the career of a musician, composer and producer.
The decision has been a good one for Cabral. He started playing bass at the age of twelve. As a teen, he performed in high school bands in New Jersey and New Orleans. At 18, he was compelled to move to Atlanta after seeing Spike Lee's film School Daze about a fictitious black university in Atlanta.
It was the movie's now-classic soundtrack, produced by Stevie Wonder and Lenny White - with songs from Marcus Miller, E.U., the late Phyllis Hyman, Kenny Barron, Pieces of Dream and Terence Blanchard - that Khari found so compelling. The fusion of jazz, pop, R&B and "downtown Atlanta soul" was a revelation for him. Atlanta provided Khari yet a new place to call home. He attended historic Morehouse College and earned a BA in Music Composition and Theory.
After graduating, Khari aligned with some of Atlanta's best musicians and entrepreneurs and formed "The Groovement and Earthseed Music Collective." Members of Earthseed included India.Aire, Donnie, and Jiva. For two years they put on concerts, children's workshops and released a successful compilation album that was directly responsible for the national discovery of India.Aire.
Earthseed's compilation album proved to be a springboard for Khari as well when it caught the attention of New York tastemaker label, Giant Step Records. They signed Cabral to a record deal and released the international hit "Love Chooses Lovers." Khari's collaboration with British singer Julie Dexter, Moon Bossa, helped launch the rediscovery of Soul-Bossa, a style that Cabral describes as "classic Bossa Nova meets Motown."
When India.Aire was offered the opening act for Sade's Lover's Rock tour, she didn't hesitate to invite Khari to join her on the road. After the three month tour, Khari was asked to become a full-time member of her band. He also made time to tour with Jiva and Russell Gunn in Europe. When he met his true love, he followed his heart once again and moved to Australia to start a family, teach bass and hone his composing and producing chops.