|Daniel Petersen III-South Africa’s Genius Drummer|
Young, talented, accomplished and in University at eleven-years old. This could seem unimaginable to most, but it is true. A dynamic boy from Cape Town, South Africa, has already achieved what most artists’ only dream of.
At the age of four, Yamaha Worldwide-one of the world’s largest musical instrument suppliers, endorsed him. Even then, It was clear to them that this young man with an easy smile and a wealth of talent would one day go far.
-At school, he was recognized as the ‘King of Mathematics’.
-He was named Lead SA Hero of the Month in October 2013.
-Has been a special guest to several well-known people including, former Reserve Bank Governor of South Africa Tito Mboweni.
-Was also a fundraiser for The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.
-He has performed thrice at the legendary Madiba’s birthdays.
-He has played in many parts of the world including the USA, New Orleans Jazz Festival among many other places.
-Through his Danny Petersen III Foundation, he has given both able and disabled children new musical instruments.
What do you love about playing drums?
Playing drums makes me feel good inside.
What are some of the challenges you face and how do you handle them?
Being a full time University student is challenging. However, I manage by being home-schooled (Cambridge Home School Program) which allows me to build my school work around my music.
How do you prepare for a performance?
I practice a lot and ensure that my mind is clear so that I can play from a fresh starting point every time. I believe that practice makes perfect.
Do you have a mentor?
Yes.My dad is my mentor.
What about a role model?
I look up to my Dad.I also like drummers such as Dave Weckle, Aaron Spears amongst others who I have met and performed with.
What are your most memorable moments?
When I played at (and for) the world icon Nelson Mandela’s birthday events.
What are your saddest moments?
When I see children exposed to violence on TV.
What do you think it takes to excel in your field?
Being at your ‘A’ game all the time. I always set very high standards for myself.
Future plans: I look forward to new challenges and plan to earn a doctorate in music.
My views on child rights: I find some comfort in knowing that we have child rights. I wish that all children would enjoy these rights especially the right to education, health and protection from harm.
Favourite subject: Maths, Music and English.
Favourite program: The Big Bang Theory TV series.
My views on corruption: Corruption is bad and should not exist.
Advice to BINGWA readers: It is never too late to start. If you can dream it, you can be it.
-By Solomon Atah
First published in BINGWA Magazine Issue 13 2014