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Feb
15
Tripp Cafe with Rocky Peter
By Molly Cole

Enjoy live music during your lunch hour and receive a voucher for a free fountain beverage or bag of chips from Dining Services! 

  • Located in the Dining Commons

 

About Rocky Peter:

Rocky peter is a self-taught singer-songwriter who was raised in West Africa, Nigeria. He taught himself how to play multiple instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, piano, and more. His musical style is highly influenced by reggae, soul, pop, and folk music.

Rocky Peter was abandoned in a poor village in Nigeria when he was only two years old. Although his older brother could not survive, Rocky Peter and his younger brother survived many encounters of close to death experiences from malaria caused by mosquito bites, starvation, and child slavery. Rocky recalls eating food from trash cans and drinking stagnant water from potholes when he was only five years old. When he was eight he was enslaved. He was underfed, overworked, and forced to endure constant physical abuse and mistreatment. Rocky Peter escaped from slavery and educated himself. He then moved back to the United States and graduated from UC Riverside with a degree in Biological Sciences. After college, without any family or support system in place, Rocky found it difficult to find employment and soon became homeless. For almost two years he would collect discarded water bottles for 8 hours every night that he would then sell the following day to raise money for food. Despite this hardship, Rocky made time to go out to schools and volunteer to teach music to students. Rocky then decided to pursue his passion for music.

Rocky’s attitude of never giving up landed him on American idol, the Nobel Peace Prize stage, and the 2016 Rio Olympics stage. He now consistently travels all over the country to sing, working as a peace ambassador with Peace Through Commerce and the Nobel Peace Prize award forums.