Obwisana is a circle game where everyone has a rock that they tap on the floor to the rhythm of the music. Then they pass it to their neighbor.

Obwisana - Ghanaian Children's Songs - Ghana - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


You can also find this translated as:

"I just hit my fingers on the rock (grandma)."

Game Instructions

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


"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." -Susan Arnold


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


Rhianna shared this recording with us and sent this note:

"The way to play is to sit in a circle as a group each person has a stone in their hand and passes to the next person on the first syllable of the 'Sa na na' line, and just continue on."


Many thanks to Rhianna Barr-Beaumont for singing this song for us! Check out Rhianna's YouTube Channel to hear more of her music!

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Obwisana

Thanks and Acknowledgements

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

Thank you!