Danno's History

Danno Recieved, Within a Space of 12 Months, Recognition From 3 Global Leaders:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award - 44th President Barack Obama at 14 yrs
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa - Youth Trail Blazer 2018 at 15 yrs
  • News 24 - 100 Mandela’s of the Future at 15 yrs


Reddam House Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) Cape Town to study music full time

UNISA ( University of South Africa- Wind Band Foundation under the leadership of Professor Karendra De Vroop) in Johannesburg

Trinity College UK

Through the Ages

1 yrs old:

Danno’s starts playing drums when still in diapers.

3 yrs old:

Makes his first appearance on National Television. 

Former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka invites Daniel to play at her official residence in Cape Town.

4 yrs old:

Daniel makes history as the youngest artist to receive a full endorsement from Yamaha and Anatolian Cymbals.  

Danno starts playing gigs. 

5 yrs old:

Performs at Freedom Day Celebration for President Mbeki  

Live performances at the World Trade Centre - New Orleans, USA; International Convention Centre - Children’s Hospital - New Orleans, USA November - 2008 

Child Welfare Annual Dinner Johannesburg, SA Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa, Ms Baleka Mbete, International Woman’s Day Celebration in Parliament. 

6 yrs old:

Forms the DANIEL PETERSEN III FOUNDATION making it possible at his 6th birthday at the Grand West Entertainment Centre for 200 kids from disadvantaged backgrounds and under-privileged environments to receive brand new flutes from Yamaha. They were treated to Nando’s and of course a drumming solo of a life-time from Danno himself. 

Performs at 90th Birthday celebrations of Nelson Mandela. 

Plays at a multi-national workshop of Don Wilson – eight times kickboxing champion of the USA. He was Don’s ultimate example of, “ someone who believes he can do it ”. 

Danno is invited to perform at one of the inauguration functions of President Barack Obama. This was respectfully declined! 

Danno performs at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival USA. 

7 yrs old:

7 - 11 yrs : Makes history when Danno appears in a SA Afrikaans text book for grade 7 learners for the next 5 years.

8 yrs old:

Danno makes the line-up for the popular New Orleans jazz festival in the USA. (Close to 700,000 people).

Performs with his family in the Expresso Family contest shown on SABC 3 where Danno sang along with his sister, and also reveals an accomplished command of the jazz piano while his father plays drums this time. (Continued 8 yrs old) 

Performs at Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday in Portugal. This was also the fundraiser with former Governor of the reserve bank Tito Mboweni for the Nelson Mandela Children’s hospital. 

His Yamaha advertisement is voted by ADFOCUS  Financial Mail – by more than 1 million people out of 70 000 commercials – as one of the 20 most liked ads on TV. 

9 yrs old:

Appears live with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at the Christmas concert 2011. This concert was broadcast to over 270 Countries worldwide.  

10 yrs old:

Performs at the Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday celebrations in Washington DC and UCLA Los Angeles as a special guest of His Excellency Mr. Ebrahim Rasool – SA Ambassador to the USA. 

Plays live at a very prestigious UNISA Gala Dinner with the following musicians: Michael Philips – Base guitar player for Judith Sepuma, Cameron Ward – Guitar player for Hugh Masekela, Johan Mthethwa – keyboard player for Joyous Celebration. 

11 yrs old:

Becomes SA’s youngest University Student and enrolls at the University of the Western Cape UWC.

12 yrs old:

January 2015, he records his first demo album at Capital records Hollywood USA in. One of the youngest to record a demo album.

13 yrs old:

Danno passes grade 8 music exams with a distinction through Trinity College London as the youngest person in South Africa to achieve it at 13. 

Performs on the soundtrack of the film, Kalushi – Biopic of the Solomon Mahlangu story – with the Rashid Lanie Band. The film premiered in March, the soundtrack winning the Rapid Lion Award for the best music score. 

Attended the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp at Loyola University – New Orleans. 

Appeared on the Drum Channel with Don Lombardi President of  DW Drums.

Attended a Jam session with Earth Wind and Fire Producer Wayne Vaughn.

14 yrs old:

30 September 2016 – Danno turns 14 yrs old, a decade ago since Yamaha endorsement.  

October 1st, Danno joins the DRUM WORKSHOP INC.  DW DRUMS INTERNATIONAL as an official International Artist. 

Danno toured the USA where conducted 51 music workshops as an International speaker and drummer. ±300 students per workshop attended. 

He has done several Live TV shows with more than 100 million people viewing his appearance. 

Recipient of the 44th President Barack Obama – Lifetime Achievement Award

15 yrs old:

Danno was selected by News 24 as one of the 100 Mandela’s of the future

President Cyril Ramaphosa – President of the Republic of South Africa selected Danno to be one of his Youth Trailblazers for 2018. – Danno is the youngest ever to receive this recognition from the President of South Africa

Played at the Grammys After Party

17 yrs old:

Danno has been accepted to study at MSM Manhattan School of Music Conservatory NY USA on a Full Tuition scholarship. MSM is one of the world’s leading Music Conservatories. This is indeed a dream come true for Danno and us, and a just reward for all his hard work and dedication he showed to his craft and his community engagements. The Full Tuition Scholarship awarded to him is deeply appreciated. MSM normally only provides 50% scholarship and in exceptional cases Full Tuition Scholarship. Danno has received many accolades for his music and community involvement work, which he’s done over the years, but this recognition by this world class music conservatory ranks amongst the top of it all!

He currently stands on 98 International Motivational Speaking and performance engagements. 33 000+ students attended his motivational talks in LA, San Francisco, New Orleans, Kazakhstan, Accra Ghana, KZN, CT, PE and Johannesburg- Danno started speaking a week before his 6th birthday. Before that we had to rely on his baby sister Robyn to interpret what he wanted to say. He spoke through making sounds