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Sunday, July 25, 2010

African Hand Clapping Games

Africa games Oral traditions are important in African history and culture. One such oral tradition takes the form of hand clapping games played by children throughout the African continent.


Oral tradition of African hand clapping gamesLiberian Refugee Orphans in Ghana at the Africa Heartwood Project Refugee Orphan Home at Buduburam Refugee Camp perform three Liberian clapping games. The children are speaking traditional Liberian Pidgin-English which they commonly refer to as Coloqwa (KOH-loh-kwah).






Clapping Game #1 
Title: Unknown
Performed by: Rannecia and Promise

Clapping Game #2 
Title: Oh Mama
Performed by: Felicia, Victoria, Promise,  Jackerline, Temoh and Princess
(We are going "cera", in "cera", in "cera" - used to establish the rhythm)
Oh Mama, Mama!
Oh Papa, the war!
The war has make in the Burkina Faso.
I say East, the West.
I met my boyfriend in the ice cream shop.
He bought me ice cream on my wedding day.
Mama, Mama. I'm so sick.
Take me to the doctor, shall be quick quick quick.
Shall be quick quick quick.
Doctor, doctor. Will I die?
No my dear, you will live forever more.
Forever more!

Clapping Game #3 
Title: Meter Competition
Performed by: Princess and Temoh
(Osa, osa, osa, osa - establish the rhythm)
I, I, I, I promise.
Please show me.
Television.
For example.
1 meter... 2 meter... 3 meter (and so on until one partner makes a mistake).

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