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Daniel Petersen III

Daniel Petersen, 15, is a musical prodigy and became South Africa’s youngest university student when he enrolled to study music at the University of the Western Cape’s Centre for Performing Arts at the age of 11.

14-year-old Daniel has been playing drums since he was just a one-year-old. He has travelled the world, playing music, is the recipient of the prestigious Barack Obama Lifetime Achievement Award and became the youngest Yamaha-endorsed drummer at the age of four.

He has put his drumsticks to work at Nelson Mandela’s 90th, 93rd, and 95th birthday celebrations, as well as at a fundraiser for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Portugal with former Governor of the Reserve Bank Tito Mboweni.

Daniel has created the Daniel Petersen III Foundation, which makes it possible for hundreds of underprivileged children to receive their own instruments and share the joy music brings.

Learn more about Daniel here.

Nominated in category: Creativity

Photo: Supplied/AKG