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It has been said that Chris Berry has the most interesting life story of any living musician. At the age of 19, Chris traveled to Africa on what was expected to be a short trip, and ended up spending the next 10 years living in the ghettos and villages of Zimbabwe with the Shona tribe and immersing himself in music and culture. Chris became a master at several African instruments (especially the mbira) and the tribe considered Chris a chosen one who was an African elder born into a white man’s body for the purpose of uniting the people of the world together into one race. Inspired by this, Chris started a band with several African musicians and named it “Panjea” (referencing the land mass Pangea when the continents were all united, Panjea represents the uniting of the people into one race). This has been the main mission of Chris’ life, music, and his non-profit organization “The Panjea Foundation” ever since. Chris Berry & Panjea gained rapid success in Africa with platinum albums and stadiums filled with adoring fans soaking in the healing medicine of his music and message. Everything was going great for him until several of his band members succumbed to the AIDS epidemic and multiple attempts were made on Chris’ life, as he was the sonin-law of the slain opposition leader. Chris fled Africa and has spent the last 13 years touring the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and Indonesia to name a few. Chris received a Grammy for a song written for “Paul Winter” and has toured and/or done studio collaborations with the likes of Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident), Steve Kimock, The Brazilian Girls, Eminem, and many more. Chris is releasing his latest of 13 albums, “King of Me” in June of 2013. Chris Berry continues to tour the world delivering powerful conscious lyrics with irresistibly catchy rhythms.