(Left to right) Ambassador Francis Lorenzo, Israeli hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari, and Robin DiMaggio answer questions at the South-South press conference
Robin Dimaggio might be used to collaborating with music legends like Paul Simon, David Bowie, and Jackson Browne, but the drummer found himself in a completely different setting when called upon to work with members of the United Nations earlier this month.
DiMaggio was tapped to be the musical director at the South-South Award Ceremony, where the president of South-South news, Ambassador Francis Lorenzo, presented the award to His Excellency Joseph Deiss, President of the U.N.’s General Assembly. The agency recognized Deiss for his support of using media as a tool for international development, specifically in implementating the Millennium Development Goals, which call to eradicate poverty, promote education and equality, reduce child mortality rates, and other global issues.
The ceremony was conducted on September 19 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, and featured such internationally-renowned performers as Kenny G., Roberta Flack, Mira Ben-Ari, and Don Felder backed by a world-class band led by DiMaggio.