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Obwisana
(Ghanaian Circle Game)

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Obwisana
The Rock Has Crushed My Hand
Circle Game
(Akan)
Circle Game
(English)

Obwisana sa nana
Obwisana sa
Obwisana sa nana
Obwisana sa.

The rock has crushed my hand, grandma
The rock has crushed my hand.
The rock has crushed my hand, grandma,
The rock has crushed my hand.
 
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Notes

Some translations go "I just hit my fingers on the rock".

You can see two YouTube video renditions of Obwisana on Mama Lisa's World Blog.

Game Instructions

Kids sit in a circle while singing ob-wi-sa-na and they pass around a rock. Each kid taps the rock on the ground and passes it to the next kid. The taps make a beat at each syllable of the song.

Comments

Susan Arnold wrote me:

"I know this song as an Akan song from Ghana. 'Obo asi me nsa, nana, obo asi me nsa' which is sung in a circle by children. The Akan place great importance on co-operation and this circle game can't be played without that and a high degree of accuracy when placing the stone, especially as it gets faster and faster and more intricate with 2 stones tapped together or going round in the opposite direction."

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Lizanell Boman for contributing this song and to Susan Arnold to telling us more about it.

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