WATCH: 11-year-old Gauteng drummer is causing quite a stir

2019-04-16 12:48
Dominic McNabb. (Photo: Supplied)

Dominic McNabb. (Photo: Supplied)

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Music, people and his faith – these are the things that drive Dominic McNabb, a music prodigy from Centurion, Gauteng.

The 11-year-old's dexterity with a drum set has certainly caught many people's attention. He often performs at schools and even local rapper Early B has noticed his extraordinary talent.

"Guys, check out @dominicmcnabbdrums – the little guy's a legend on the drums," Early B wrote on Instagram under a video of Dominic playing the drums. "He's inspiring other laaities (young boys) to stay away from the negatives and aim for a better life."

Dominic said he felt "very, very happy" when Early B, his role model, praised him on social media. He says he dreams of someday playing with the rapper or with new Noot vir Noot presenter singer Emo Adams.

Dominic's father Clinton speaks highly of his musical son. Clinton and his wife Stephanie are homeschooling him so that he has more time for all his performances.

"He's such an entertainer – he loves inspiring other kids and making people happy," Clinton told YOU shortly after Dominic's performance at Westerlig Primary School in Danville, Pretoria.

Dominic started playing the drums when he was 8 and played in churches in Centurion at first. Five months ago, he joined the praise and worship band of Doxa Deo Raslouw - a Christian organisation in Pretoria.

He's also helping his younger brother, Dwayne (7) to learn to play the keyboard. 

"We're very proud of Dominic and we encourage him. We never thought it would go this far – he got a toy drum set at age five and has never looked back," says Clinton, who plays the bass guitar.

Dominic hopes to use his talent to inspire children to stay away from drugs and other addictive substances.

"I want to share my talent with other young kids so they'll stay away from tik, drugs and booze and rather play soccer or another sport of their choosing," he says.

Dominic McNabb

"Many of these children's parents are unable to help them, so I'm trying to convey the message that they shouldn't lose hope – God makes anything possible.”

He dreams of one day playing in the world's largest stadiums and using his fame to help the poor and homeless.

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