The 90's was a fertile time in the Atlanta music scene. There were many sounds flooding into the city from many places....U.K. Acid Jazz, Chicago soulful house, Italian Nu-Bossa Nova and Philly Nu Soul. Add in the emergence of Rare Groove (unsung 70s jazz funk and soul), and there is the building blocks of Atlanta's current music scene.
Khari Cabral was playing bass for many people in the city. Rock , dance, Soul and hip hop kept him a busy bassist. This culminated in Khari touring with India.Arie for a decade. As his touring life took off , Khari created a group that would bring together the wide influences dominating Atlanta radio.
Jiva was formed!
A group consisting of a vocal section, much like The 5th Dimension and The Jones Girls. Add in a freight train rhythm section, with Khari anchoring it down on bass, and Jiva was on the way.
They caught the ear of NYC tastemakers Giant Step and released 3 singles on 12" and 10" vinyl. They followed up with their critically acclaimed Sun & Moon album, and and toured the album in the U.S. & Europe.
In 2012, Khari released an album under his own name. The album , Clementine Sun, featured some of Khari's favorite artist. The cast included India.Arie , Monday Michiru, Sabrina Malheiros , Incognito Horns and Russell Gunn.
Now, Khari Cabral assembles a new Jiva for the album Heaven & Earth. Singers include Atlanta/Ropeadope Records label mate Chantae Cann, songstress Brenda Nicole Moorer, master vocalist Ametria Dock and songwriter extraordinaire, Kipper Jones.
The rhythm section includes India.Arie band mates Ricky Quinones, Charles Garner and Forrest Robinson. Also showing up are Julius Speed, Nick Rosen, Rafael Pereira and Colin Agnew.
With so many challenges in the world right now , Khari knew this was the right time for a new Jiva album. When faced with so much change in society, such beauty and hardship, music should act as a companion these days. Heaven & Earth speaks as a testament to the best potential of humanity. As we become global citizens and still navigate love in our lives, Khari Cabral & Jiva bring us music to soundtrack these days. Heaven & Earth is right on time!