Dan Chiorboli is a percussionist and producer who was born in Ferrara, Italy and grew up in Durban, South Africa.
He has performed and collaborated with musicians from all over the world and has worked on over 200 vastly diverse albums, as well as directing and performing in three vibrant and successful musical revues exploring his beloved Latin and Brazilian themes. He is also the founder of the pioneering Awesome Africa Festival, a conceptualiser and producer of events, the originator and driving force behind The Liberation Project and The Solidarity Express, the Festival Director for WOMAD in South Africa and serves as a Global Ambassador for Project Rhino.
Besides the Awesome Africa festivals, Dan has produced the artistic component for Durban’s FIFA World Cup 2010 Fan Parks and Preliminary Draw, conceptualised and produced the B.A.T. Indian Ocean Jazz Festival, Artists Against Apartheid, Rock Against Racism, Living Treasures Millennium Celebrations, Rock da Beach, the ANC Freedom Charter 50 Year Celebration and the Boundless Southern Africa Festival.
The internationally renowned Italian group The Modena City Ramblers recorded a song entitled ‘Stelle Sul Mare‘ that touches on the plight of immigrants searching for a better life and is based on the story of Dan’s family leaving depressed Italy by sea looking for new opportunities far away.