"Ukuti" is a Swahili circle game song that's similar to "Ring around the Rosie".
Wa mnazi, Wa mnazi
Watete.. Watete.. Watetemeka.
The leaf, the leaf
Of the coconut tree, of the coconut tree
When the wind blows against it
It shakes... It shakes... It shakes...
This game is also played in Tanzania.
This song is sung in a ring. The children hold hands and skip around. When you get to the line about the wind blowing the tree, the kids increase their steps as if running around. Then they fall down when it comes to the last line about the shaking coconut tree.
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Many thanks to Njoki Ngige from Kenya Kikuyu tribe for contributing this song. Thanks to Lila for the illustration.
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