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The Daniel Petersen III Foundation


Everyone, if they work hard, can achieve anything. You have to put in the hours. If you don’t practice you can’t be #1.

Danno Petersen
Danno has been accepted to study at MSM Manhattan School of Music Conservatory NY USA on a Full Tuition scholarship.

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Danno's Highlights

Drumming since a toddler.

Known on stage and has a global fan base.

Official Ambassador for South Africa.

Works with major bands and artists all over the world.

Booked all over the world as an International Motivational Speaker and Performer.

 Appointed by Afrika Tikkun as a Celebrity Ambassador.

Youngest Yamaha-endorsed drummer (endorsed at age four).

Endorsed by Yamaha for 10 years. Personally signed by President of DW Drums Mr. Don Lombardi at age 14.

Vice President of DW Drums and global leader in drum design Mr. John Good personally designed and oversaw the manufacturing of Danno’s first ever 15- piece Customized Collectors Series Drum-kit. The first of its kind for an African Artist.

Performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at age 6 and returned at age 14 to be part of the opening act in 2017 with the Batiste family. 

Reached 100k students in 90 days on tour with a positive message.

Toured the USA and many schools motivating and inspiring young people to reach for their dreams.

Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the 44th President Barack Obama.

Received numerous accolades.

Had very own TV show, which reached more than 100 million viewers.

At age 11 became the youngest student, in Africa, to enter University of Western Cape World to study music.

Became the youngest student at London’s Trinity University to pass Grade 8 music exams with distinction at age 12.

Performed at Nelson Mandela’s 90th, 93rd, and 95th birthday celebrations.

Performed for Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Portugal with former Governor of the Reserve Bank Tito Mboweni.

Received the SA nomination and second-ever Lead SA Youth Hero in the Western Cape Award.

Performed for numerous dignitaries including former President Nelson Mandela, Former President Thabo Mbeki, President Jacob Zuma, Former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka - United Nations Under-Secretary- General and Executive Director of UN Women and the former Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Mr. Tito Mboweni and the South African Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Mr. Ebrahim Rasool among others.

Chosen to be on "The Song 4 Africa" with big name artists such as Akon, Youssou N’Dour from Senegal.

Performed for the President of Ghana.

Spoke at the MasterCard Foundation Conference.

Received numerous invitations and visited several countries throughout Africa.

Travelled to the legendary Capital Records’ Studio in Hollywood, CA and recorded his is first-ever demo record in 2015.

Performed at Winnies Soul and Jazz Restaurant.

Performed at the Grammy Award Party at the historical Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA with record label executives, celebrity appearances, media and press in attendance held in 2018.

Currently working with a major Film Company, which will produce Danno's feature Film and will be broadcasted nationally and internationally.

Has his own Foundation called The Daniel Petersen III Foundation, making it possible for hundreds of underprivileged children to receive their own instruments and share the joy music brings.

Danno received the award for Best Original Music score for a short film.

Danno has been selected as one of the 100 Mandela's of the future by News24.

On Youth Day, June 16, 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa chose.

Danno to be one of his Trail Blazers.

Danno was featured on a documentary with Beautiful News South Africa, Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz with over 423k views in less than one month.