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Dantanio, the South African performer and recording artist has studied Michael Jackson since the age of nine. He was selected for the Michael Jackson History Show by director Johnny Van Grinsven out of countless professional singers, dancers and impersonators in a yearlong search.
Dantanio, who hails from Kimberly, is now on stage in Cape Town with the Michael Jackson HIStory Show, which also visits Johannesburg and Durban. The show features live performances spanning his entire career including Thriller, Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal, Bad, Beat It, ABC, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Human Nature, PYT, They Don’t Really Care About Us and many more.

We spoke to the accomplished impersonator Dantanio last week to get a handle on the man.

  • What does music mean to you?
    Music means many things to me, but I can say it’s an emotional expression of the human soul.
  • Any Michael Jackson moments?
    Only on stage. Where I really connect and express him in the work I do.
  • Who are your heros?
    My late mom is my true hero. She taught me character and principles.
  • It’s your round. What are you drinking?
    Something hot. Five Roses tea – black please.
  • The song you wished you wrote?
    We are the world. It’s one of the greatest messages ever.
  • What makes you stand out?
    My ability to connect easily with others.
  • Do you have any nicknames?
    Dan the Man
  • If you were not a musician what would you do?
    I would be an English and/or a Geography teacher.
  • Pick five words to describe yourself?
    Disciplined, quiet, funny, honest, wise
  • Greatest movie ever made?
    Inception starring Leonardo De Caprio.
  • What does the usual mean?
    Peanut butter and jam sandwich eaten at home.
  • Favourite fashion garment?
    Tailored suits, must be black.
  • Give us some slang
    “They ain’t got nothing on this here”
    (They won’t ever come close to this)
  • What do you complain about most often?
    I am a man of few words. I rather find the solution than complain about the problem.
  • What is your fear?
    Losing my voice. It scares me.
  • Happiness is?
    Smiles and laughter shared with those you love and care about.
  • On stage I tend to?
    Pray internally.
  • If you were walking on stage for a keynote speech what song would you use?
    That big intro to Beat it with the Rock guitar intro.
  • What are you doing next?
    Recording my single.


Author: Martin Myer

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