The South African drumming prodigy and Afrika Tikkun celebrity ambassador, Daniel Petersen III, known to his fans as Danno is a special source of inspiration for young people around the world. And now, Afrika Tikkun is especially proud to announce that Danno has been invited to perform at the 2018 Grammy Awards After Party in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Performing at this event is a premier opportunity for any musician and a singular honour for 15-year-old Danno.
With all these phenomenal achievements, he is a humble and well-adjusted young teenager today. When he goes to LA later this month he represents the hopes and dreams of many South African young people – whose potential deserves to be unlocked so that they too can go on to achieve incredible things. South African young people are brimming with greatness, and as an Afrika Tikkun ambassador, Danno has worked tirelessly since joining the organisation to encourage beneficiaries – young people from townships – about the importance of staying true to your commitments and goals. The Petersen family is honoured to share the organisation’s calling to develop the greatness and talents of South African young people.
Afrika Tikkun wishes him all the best.
A child prodigy who is also the son of a Grammy-award winning father, Danno’s talents on the drums were discovered at the age of 14 months. At the age of 6, he performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and has since then performed for numerous dignitaries including President Nelson Mandela, President Thabo Mbeki, President Jacob Zuma, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka etc. He is the youngest African to be enrolled at a university, and recently completed his undergraduate degree examinations. He and his Dad are also the only non-USA Citizens to receive a lifetime achievement award from 44th US President Barack Obama for the work he and his family do through his foundation, teaching young learners music and securing access to new musical instruments for hundreds of schoolchildren from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.
About Afrika Tikkun
Afrika Tikkun is an international NGO, operating from four offices in four continents: Africa, Europe, North America and Australia. The ‘Cradle to Career’ model has earned them recognition as a leader in community development in South Africa. This holistic development model reaches thousands of vulnerable children and young people every day, addressing their needs at every stage of their development, in the context of family.
Afrika Tikkun’s Cradle to Career 360º model works from the context of family to provide holistic and integrated services to children from birth through to school going age, and into the working world with additional support programmes for struggling families with children of all ages.
For more information on Afrika Tikkun and their initiatives call 011 325 5914, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.afrikatikkun.org.
Danno is available for interviews up until 23 January and after 10 February. For more information and media interviews, contact:
Catherine van Schoor