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CB-3 Chris Berry Trio performs at the Community Concert Hall Friday
January 12, 2010, 12:55 am
Filed under: Arts & Culture, Durango events, Four Corners events, KSUT event picks, music

CB-3 (Chris Berry Trio) brings its unique fusion of funk, dance hall reggae and African rhythms to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Friday night with Michael Kang of String Cheese Incident joining the trio. He brings electric mandolin, guitar and vocals to the trio’s Durango engagement. The dance floor will be open.

Chris Berry’s musical roots trace back to the ghettos of Zimbabwe, specifically the capital city of Harare, where he lived for 10 years studying the mbira – a thumb piano with 29 keys – and immersing himself in the ancient rhythms of the Shona, the indigenous people of the region.

He sold in excess of one million albums in Africa, but after losing most of his band to AIDS and Zimbabwe’s brutal regime, Berry narrowly escaped the country in 2000. He returned to his native U.S. and kept the music alive first with his band Panjea and now the more danceable CB-3. Berry was honored in Africa as the first non-Zimbabwean to receive the title of Gwenaymbira or “one whose music summons the spirits.”

Tickets are available on line at www.durangoconcerts.com.

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