Born in Cagliari 1971. He starts his musical studies as a classical violinist at the Conservatory of Cagliari where he also attends the course Experimental Composition.
After a few years he discovers the bass. He takes lessons with Dave Holland and with Attilio Zanchi.
In 1996 Manolo receives the degree ‘High Qualification for Jazz Musicians’ in Siena (directed by Furio Di Castri). He takes part in workshops of Marc Johnson, Miroslav vitous and Palle Danielsson.
In Italy Manolo appears on various jazzfestivals at the side of; Enrico Rava, Roswell Rud, Maria Pia De Vito, Tino Tracanna, Roberto Cipelli ,Gianluca Corona, Augusto pirodda, Alessandro Diliberto, Massimo Ferra, etc...
In 1998 he moves in Holland where he plays with musicians like; Eric Vloeimans, Rob Madna, Ferdinand Povel, Marc Murphy,Jasper Blom, Ack Van Rooyen, Jesse van Ruller, Eric Inneke, Wim Bronnenberg, Wolfert Brederode, etc... .
In 2003 Manolo gets involved in the Belgium jazz-scene. He plays and/or records with the ‘Ben Sluijs Quartet, ‘Toots Thielemans Quartet’, Manuel Hermia' trio,‘Chris Joris Quartet’, ‘Frederik Desmyter Quartet (feat. John Ruocco)’, ‘Pierre Vaiana Quartet’ and ‘Erik Vermeulen trio’, Eve Bouvens Heptatomic.
Or on freelance-base with musicians as: Jozef Dumoulin, Bert Joris, Bart Defoort, Erik Thielemans and many others.
Appart leading his own bands, Manolo Cabras Quartet, and Basic Borg, he is also involved in several projects as coleader ,among wich:
Augusto Pirodda quartet, Alexandra Grimal quartet, Riccardo Luppi's Mure Mure, Sweet Cut, Bad courrency, Visioni Sonore, Skunk trio, Filippo castellazzi quartet, Triotonik, Malm.