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Hi Cheikh,
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for coming to our Creative Arts Week last week. The children absolutely loved it and it was wonderful to see all the smiles in their faces. We will definitely get you back in again soon. Thanks again.
Best regards,
Jo – V.E.C. Poole
Workshops with Cheikh: 
Hi,He was super! The children really enjoyed his workshops. It is a special skills to be able to teach the range of years he had yesterday and he made it look so easy! The staff we pleased with how he worked with them and engaged them in the lesson throughout. We would love to have him back.
Laura – Avonwood P. School

Dear Cheikh,

What a wonderful evening.

Everyone clearly had a blast. It was great to meet you, and Ousmane and John. I loved the different energy of the two groups – one gentle, fun. and family-oriented, the other full of passion, focus and drive from the boys.

Yours ever, Hailz – Eton College


Dear Cheikh,

I wanted to drop you an email to thank you on behalf of Ealing Music Service for providing such amazing performances and workshops for us at EMStival last week. The children, teachers and members of the public have been very complimentary of the fun they had in their workshops, and the great performances throughout the day and evening.

Lee - Ealing Music Services


Hi Jo and Cheikh,
I just wanted to let you both know what a fabulous day we have had here at Christ the King.

Cheikh, thank you so much for coming and giving us such an amazing day! You have such a wonderful way of working with the children and they enjoyed it so much (even though Year 6 had their  "cool"  faces on!!)  SLT coming in and dancing at the end was the icing on the cake!!!
Jo, thank you so much for organising this.

I really hope we can repeat it next year!
Best wishes,
Rose – Teacher


Ah, thank you Cheikh, and thank you for fitting this appointment in at the last minute. I spoke to Nick this morning and he thought the sessions went really, really well - and he thought the dancing was spot on for the type of children participating ie with a high proportion of ADHD, so I'm doublyglad you had Pape with you in the end.

Julia- Whitesheep Project


Hi Sarah

I just wanted to give you some feedback from today's African drummer session with Cheikh. I have received nothing but very positive feedback. All the children - in all year groups have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the teachers were very impressed at how he was able to teach the children, at all different levels, to produce something at the end of the session. The whole day ran really smoothly.

Helen - The Priory CE Primary School


Hi Cheikh,

Thank you so much for coming to work with us today!Feedback from all classes was uniformly positive and enthusiastic...

Would you please thank Umy too (Hope I've spelt her name right!  On a personal note, I had a great day and loved seeing how much the students enjoyed working with you.

All best,

Andrew - Music Teacher & Coordinator

Durham Trinity School & Sports College

The African drumming with Cheikh was great.
The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed it.
It was particularly great to see our Hub children engage positively with the activity.
Thank you for arranging this opportunity.
Kind regards

Jacquie – K.P.Academy

African Drumming sessions:
They were absolutely fab!

Thanks so much for getting them organised at such short notice.  Cheikh is amazing! We will definitely pop this on our plan for next year, to try and always book him for a day early on in Autumn 2.
Absolutely perfect to launch our Africa topic with Year 1, Meerkat topic with Year 2, and then general djembe lessons with years 3 and 4.
Lorraine – St Peters, Poole


Dear Dan; Michael,
The subject says it all - wow! What a night! We had a thoroughly amazing time both leading up to the concert and on the night. The diversity of the suite of pieces was so thought-provoking and highlighted many instruments and styles that the children haven’t met before. Working with Cheikh was incredibly inspirational and both St. Mary's children and myself have taken so much away from our work with him.

Louise- St Michael School, Poole


Thank you for yesterday Cheikh,

all 4 classes has a great time and said how much they enjoyed it. You taught the children in a very systematic way and with fun and charisma which made it easy for them to understand and learn.

So thanks again!

Jade - Stourfield Infant School


Dear Cheikh,
Thanks again for being part of the Holiday hangout last week. Your workshops were great and it was clear the children really enjoyed learning to Djembe - perhaps there may even be a budding drummer amongst them! Plus you arrived in good time, and were polite, fun and easy to work with, which counts for a lot!
Emma Scott - Dorchester T.C.


Hi Cheikh :)

Second of all, thank you so much for today - the kids and staff loved it and positive feedback has been flooding in. I hope you found the workshops enjoyable and that all children were engaging and enthusiastic :)Thank you for making this happen to enrich the experience of our KS2 children,Kind regards

Hayley – Merley First School


Hi Cheikh
Thanks so much for being with us in Churchill Gardens this weekend. A brilliant workshop, really
appreciated and the students had a great time joining in!
Many thanks and hope we can involve you in other events both for BEAF and in Boscombe on the
other projects I am involved in. Come back to Bournemouth!
Best wishes
Carol Maund – BEAF Arts



Can you please pass on my thanks to Cheikh – he was a wonderful practitioner and his drumming workshops were amazing. I loved the story telling too and learnt a lot about rhythm and drumming history. He has got the perfect personality for engaging pupils and staff and I really have had some great feedback.

Tara - Bradfield College, Reading

Oh My Goodness!
The children are all on a high, I’m on a high!
Cheikh was genuinely amazing and brought so much joy to our school. An absolute gift, and I think that the children learnt so much, in such a short space of time. Thank you so much for the recommendation, and please pass my heartfelt thanks on to Cheikh. I wish he could come in once a month for a whole school boost!
Melissa – Stourfield Junior School
Hi Cheikh,
We very much enjoyed the workshop, feedback from the participants was very positive!
Have a great weekend,Best wishes
Alison – B.L.G. Mind

As usual, Cheikh has done a fab job

and I've also learned a lot that will help with my own teaching. Regards

Patrick- Corpus Cristi - Bournemouth


So it’s official – The whole of Parkfield school love Cheikh and his workshops. Because a lot of our secondary students have siblings in primary I have been nagged relentlessly to bring Cheikh back fora primary workshop and there have been lots of happy faces today.Thank you Sarah for organising, thank you Cheikh for another awesome day of workshops.

Michelle – Parkfield School, Bournemouth


Please do pass on our thanks to Cheikh;

the children absolutely loved the sessions and were all fully engaged. They left the lesson saying how much fun they had. The music was amazing and Cheikh delivered the sessions incredibly well.
here are some quotes from my class about the day:
I enjoyed putting the music together."
I really liked the repetition so I could get used to the " Cheikh was enthusiastic and funny"
I loved the noise and the fact you could hear the drums from far away! ;I liked the fact that we created music from Africa; Many thanks and all the best. Kind regards,
Charlene - Queen'
s Park Academy, Bournemouth


Hi Cheikh and Pape,
Thank you so much for all the workshops you’ve done for us over the summer. They’ve been absolutely fantastic, we’ve loved working with you and the feedback has been awesome.
Danii – Let’s Get Loud Club


Dear Cheik,

On behalf of the year 4 teachers and children, I’d like to say a huge thank you for coming to QPA to teach our children African drumming.

Not only did you teach them the techniques clearly, you gave them knowledge about your culture, history and how the drums are made, which really added to their experience. All the children looked forward to drumming on a Tuesday so I know they’ll definitely miss it. One child at the end of today said, “This was the best day ever.” Their performance today showed how engaged they were in every lesson, how much they learnt and how fun it was.Thank you once again.

Mrs. Welch - Class Teacher

Queen's Park Academy

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