To understand Kabir, you first must understand that he is motivated by the confluence of two things: family and music. These two things are inextricable for someone raised as the heir to a formidable musical legacy; his paternal lineage includes the world-renowned group of Indian musicians, the Partap Brothers.
Growing up, he would often awake to the sound of the sitar, the drums, and his uncle’s singing voice—an informal education in the complex beauty of classical Indian sound. This fueled Kabir’s desire to carry on and evolve the Partap family’s musical tradition, reaching new audiences with his own blend of Pop and R&B.
Throughout high school, Kabir earned high marks and went on to graduate with a Business degree from Suny Geneseo, where he spent more time in music halls and practice rooms than on assigned classwork. Over the course of his adolescence, he developed an eclectic taste in music, spanning classical Indian styles, American classics like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Gaye, as well as genre-bending contemporary artists like Frank Ocean and Bruno Mars.
Watch out for Kabir’s first single, “Got Me Hooked,” written and produced by Damen Heyward and Juan “Majik” Peters.