"Ukuti" is a Swahili circle game song that's similar to "Ring around the Rosie".

Ukuti - Kenyan Children's Songs - Kenya - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


This game is also played in Tanzania.

Game Instructions

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.


Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Ukuti

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Njoki Ngige from Kenya Kikuyu tribe for contributing this song. Thanks to Lila for the illustration.

Asante Sana!