Question about the African Song “”Cha Cha Coola””

Karen wrote:

Do you know the words to the African song – cha, cha coola (the a’s are long vowel sounds)?

Karen

If anyone can help out, please comment below.

Thanks!

Lisa

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15 Responses to “Question about the African Song “”Cha Cha Coola”””

  1. sandy Says:

    cha cha gula
    cha cha gula\

    chu chu gula
    chu chu gula

  2. Afi Scruggs Says:

    Here are the words I have

    Cha, cha coola (children answer in kind) Pat on the head

    Cha, kofisa (children answer in kind) Pat on the shoulders

    Kofisa langa (children answer in kind) Cross arms and pat on the chest

    Langa, ki langa (children answer in kind) Bend and pat on the knees

    Koom, ade, de (children answer in kind) Throw hands up in the air

    Repeat the song at different tempos. See how long the kids can keep up.

  3. Lisa Says:

    Thanks for answering Sandy and Afi!

    That’s a neat song! Does anyone know what it means and/or what language it’s in?

    -Mama Lisa

  4. Alexandra Says:

    I think it means just what Affi Scruggs has said:Hands on your head, hands on your shoulders, hands on your chest, hands on your knees…
    But I don’t know for sure. I’ve heard it on some CD…”Parachute Express”, I think.

    Children in Africa greet the Sun with that song. It’s probably from Ghana!???

  5. Aisling Says:

    I sang this song at a concert. The lyrics are:
    Chey chey coolie

    Chey chey co vi sa

    Co vi sa langa

    Co vi sa langa

    Dom, a denday

    Co co co
    1
    Co co co
    2
    Co co co
    3
    co co co
    4
    Hey hey
    Co co co
    5
    Co co co
    6
    Co co co
    7
    Co co co
    8
    Co co co
    9
    Co co co
    10

    Chey chey coolie

    Chey chey co vi sa

    Co vi sa langa

    Co vi sa langa

    Dom, a denday

    Co co co
    1
    Co co co
    2
    Co co co
    3
    co co co
    4
    Hey hey
    Co co co
    5
    Co co co
    6
    Co co co
    7
    Co co co
    8
    Co co co
    9
    Co co co
    10

  6. Melissa Becker Says:

    It is from Ghana and is meant as an exercise song. Hands on Head, then shoulders, waist, then knees then ankles then up in the air on Hey!

  7. mamaJ Says:

    What children’s artist sings this? What album can it be found on?

    I really want to play this for my Preschooler, my older kids loved it.

  8. Rebecca Says:

    Cha cha Coole
    Cha cha Coole

    Cabi sa longa
    Cabi sa longa

    La la ti longa
    La la ti longa

    Douch ca baby
    Douch ca baby

    I just got back from Kenya and this is how we sang it. The kids love it but I have no idea what is means. I know we sang it all hunched over, with our pants pulled high as if we were old men. They seemed to think the song was very funny?????

  9. Lisa Says:

    I asked Lyndsey about this song. Her husband is from Ghana. She wrote:

    “Hello thanks for your mail. My husband knows the song; he says it is a kindergarten song but he reckons there is no real meaning to it. he does not think it is in a particular language, just sounds.”

  10. Chithra Says:

    I particularly searched for this song on Google, when I heard it in our Global adventures CD. My preschoolers love this song and ask for it everyday. I know the meaning of the words now and I can teach them how to dance for it.
    Thank you

  11. Jackson Says:

    thats really weird my HS soccer team chants this before all our games

  12. Lisa Says:

    That’s interesting Jackson. What country do you live in?

  13. alex Says:

    i learned it in camp it goes: cha cha coola (repeat) cha cha kovasa (repeat) kovasa lala (repeat) lala ki lala (repeat) chi aya (repeat) chi aya (repeat) the movements are head, shoulders, hips, thighs, lower legs, then hands in the air sorry about spelling

  14. Megan Says:

    I went to Kenya this summer and I heard the same lyrics as Rebecca did.

  15. Syira Wahed Says:

    hi..have any chance that i can find this song in youtube or something?if i’m not mistaken i’ve sung this song when i was in primary school but i wanna make sure of it.

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