MC Kabir

About MC Kabir

Kabir Sen (also known as “MC Kabir”) is both a professional hip hop artist and a music teacher, who has been a staple of Boston’s music scene over the past decade. Originally from London, he is an independent rapper, singer and producer whose music brews a robust blend of thoughtful lyrics, soulful melodies and rhythms from around the world. Having grown up on the music of the Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone, Kabir has played live shows with the Roots, Talib Kweli, Lyrics Born, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Wyclef Jean, Aesop Rock, Mr Lif, Akrobatik, J-Live, People Under the Stairs, The Pharcyde, The Beatnuts, Rahzel, Maceo Parker, The Slip, John Brown's Body and many more. Fusing his creative interests in both songwriting and education has long been a passion of Kabir’s, and has enabled him to take his infectious love of music to schools, colleges and clubs all over the country. His live band features many talented Boston musicians, some of which are part of a weekly band called "Dub Down" (performing every Thursday night at Bull McCabes in Somerville). Their live show is a blend of styles with an emphasis on reggae, hip hop and soul.
Kabir is currently hard at work on a new album featuring hip hop legends Gift of Gab (from Blackalicious), Lyrics Born, Mr Lif and others. His previous four albums “Cultural Confusion”, “Fuel for the Fire”, “Peaceful Solutions” and "The Time is Now" have received many positive reviews in The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Herald Tribune, SPIN and VIBE magazines, as well as a 10-minute feature on National Public Radio’s “The World”. He has written, produced and recorded a multi-genre children’s music album for IBM, as well as several educational hip hop songs for a number of subjects and school curriculums. Kabir has been a guest video host for MTV, he appeared on an episode of the PBS children’s show “Fetch”, and was also commissioned to write a song for PBS about "Masterpiece Theater". His wide range of musical experiences as a performer, teacher and recording artist have enabled his professional work to take on a variety of different shapes: interactive performances (either solo or with a live band), recording projects for any number of purposes, and hip hop education workshops and lectures at schools, where students of all ages learn about the history of the art form and explore hip hop writing as an expression of cultural identity. For booking, publicity requests or more info contact mckabir@yahoo.com