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Video: Dante Grant, 5, is drumming star
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD drumming star is set to take centre stage at a community fun day and talent show later this month.
Already a YouTube hit, Dante Grant goes to the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lewisham High Street that is organising the fun day.
He has been drumming since he was just one.
He is now going to lead the way for young people in Lewisham to show off their talents at Ladywell Fields this month.
Dante’s father Hewitt says his boy understood rhythm from an early age.
Hewitt said: “When Dante was about one year old we noticed him turning things over like pots, pans and bins and start banging on them like drums.
“When he was one-and-a-half we bought him his first toy kit but that was not strong enough.
"Another toy kit later, we knew we had to get him a proper set – toy kits don’t have the hi-hat symbols that he controls with his left foot.
"We bought him a reduced-size real kit and he has never looked back. People love to see him play at church.”
Dante, who is featured on YouTube in the video entitled “UK’s best young drummer, surely!”, will be launching the first Ladywell Fields Summer Festival on Sunday, August 23, playing on stage from 11am.
The free day will see a talent competition, live music, poetry, comedians including Richard Blackwood and choirs, along with a puppet theatre, a bouncy castle, arts and crafts, parachute games and a football tournament for those aged 12 and over.
There will also be a health exhibition and free health checks available, as well as barbecues and vegetarian food.
Dr Petula Peters, who is helping organise the event, said: “It will be a great day for Lewisham and a chance for families to have fun and young people to show off their talents.”
Sir Ray Tindle
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