Notes

*or "Bang!"

Game Instructions

Clap throughout the song until the end. Then crouch down to the ground.

Comments

Delyth, who recorded the videotape on this page, wrote: "The Gambia, West Africa, is one of Africa's smallest countries. It has a tropical climate. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, but is fairly stable. Because of colonialism, the language taught in schools is English, but I try and encourage the children to use their local languages as much as possible. Although small, it is home to diverse ethnic groups, the largest being Mandinka, then Wolof, Jola, Fula and Manjargo, as well as others.

I started the YouTube channel because I am very interested in Gambian traditions, and wanted to preserve as much as I could… I am gradually going to build up more children's songs, and also their games... There is always a problem in writing the songs down, because most Gambians cannot write in their own language, as these languages have only fairly recently become a written language. But I have online dictionaries, and try my best. The translations I get by asking as many people as I can what it means, and picking the ones which most can agree on."

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Thanks to Delyth Dallimore for videotaping this song!

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Delyth Dallimore for contributing this song and for the translation!

Abaraka!

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