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American Idol Singer Overcomes Poverty in Africa

Shari Weiss | The Afrika Report   in  · · ·
February 4, 2015

Rocky Peter blew away the judges on “American Idol” on Thursday with his moving back story and a poignant performance of an original song called “Wrong Places.” Watch below.

The contestant revealed that although he was born in the United States, his father sent himself, his brothers, and his mother to Africa, where they were abandoned on the streets of Nigeria and left begging for food, digging through trash for scraps, and drinking water collected in potholes. “Through all that, music was always there for me,” Peter said. “Music does not have to be given to you. You can get it.”

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