‘With his warm and engaging personality and his passion for African rhythms, Cheikh Diop of Afric’Arts was able to take a group of volunteers and, in a very short space of time, turn them into a band of drummers who led our lantern and puppet procession in fine style.

The excitement and accessibility of Cheikh’s drumming made him an ideal choice for this community-based event, and his rapport with the children and spectators went a long way to ensure that as many people as possible became involved’

Patrick Mathlin, Head of Art, Poole High School

‘Thanks again for a great performance, everyone really enjoyed it and is still talking about it!’

Amy Wyatt, Events Manager, Flakt Woods Group, Switzerland

‘Great work’

Farrell Curran, Arts Officer Cultural Services, Dorset County Council

‘So pleased to see your performances at Summer Breeze on the Quay and Beach this summer – it was great to see so many people attending your drum workshops and having fun – never an empty seat no matter how many sessions you did! I look forward to working with you again in the future’

Anne Simpson, Special Events Manager, Poole Tourism

‘Cheikh is both enthusiastic and relaxed in his approach. Although he clearly plays to a very high standard, he has the patience and a teaching style that suits even the absolute beginner’

Mark Howell, Founder, The Arts Poole

‘You engaged the crowd fully, and the music was fantastic. You’re a very talented artist, and I look forward to working with you again!’

Matt Loucks, Client Outcomes Director, Breakthrough Group

‘It was great to see the audience totally engaged making music. It was a great surprise to all the delegates to be doing this sort of thing and they really, really enjoyed it’

Penny Green, Global Events Manager, Logica

‘The African rhythms pounding from Blakeney School Holiday Club not only got the children dancing, but also got the nearby villagers on their feet’

Forest of Dean newspaper

‘I think half the village heard it too; we have had a marvellous time!’

Charlotte Plummer, Children’s Club organiser

‘The night ended on a high with an incredible procession of lanterns, led by African drummer, Cheikh Diop’

Poole High School news

‘A wonderful artist, so much energy when performing’

Julie Drew-Djabot, Djabot African Drumming Group