African workshop at Sutton St James Primary

Millicent Chapanda of Afrikan Fusion has pupils at Sutton St James Community Primary School School eating out of the palm of her hand at the drumming and singing workshop. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG130115-108TW
Millicent Chapanda of Afrikan Fusion has pupils at Sutton St James Community Primary School School eating out of the palm of her hand at the drumming and singing workshop. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG130115-108TW

Youngsters at Sutton St James Community Primary School had the best visitor ever last week.

Millicent Chapanda from Afrikan Fusion, who was leading a drumming and singing workshop, had the pupils “eating out of the palm of her hand”, according to class teacher Sandra Horsfield.

Getting into the rhythm with African drums. Photo: SG130115-116TW

Getting into the rhythm with African drums. Photo: SG130115-116TW

“She was the best we have ever had,” said Sandra, adding: “It’s really good because of the multi-cultural aspect and creating opportunities for the children to mix with other ethnic minority groups. They had a fantastic time.”

Millicent carried out workshops in drumming and singing with all 92 children in the school, right through from reception to Year 6.

Millicent, who was wearing African-style clothing, also spoke about her own country, Zimbabwe, and the African continent.

Sandra said: “The children were so excited. The class that had the workshop in the afternoon are actually studying Africa this term for their topic and so they did a longer workshop and they performed for parents in the afternoon.

Carrying the weight of the world on her head, and loving every minute! A young pupil has a go at carrying African-style. Photo: SG130115-113TW

Carrying the weight of the world on her head, and loving every minute! A young pupil has a go at carrying African-style. Photo: SG130115-113TW

“Prior to this workshop we had had a Round the World day where we were on an aeroplane and we went round different continents.”

Youngsters benefited from the multi-cultural aspect of the workshop - and simply loved playing with the unusual intruments. Photo: SG130115-109TW

Youngsters benefited from the multi-cultural aspect of the workshop - and simply loved playing with the unusual intruments. Photo: SG130115-109TW

Sutton St James pupils making beautiful sounds.Photo: SG130115-119TW

Sutton St James pupils making beautiful sounds.Photo: SG130115-119TW