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Kye Kye Kule
Traditional West African Call and Response Song 
(Also known as Je Je Kule or Che Che Kule)


This song is available on Tickle Tune Typhoon's Hug the Earth

A fun activity that builds skills in leadership and in following directions.  Children form a circle as the leader stands in the middle. The leader demonstrates some physical action, then the children in the circle repeat that movement as they repeat the leader'swords.  
   With each repetition of the song, the leader introduces a new action, each one moving closer and closer to the floor.  After the last movement is performed on the floor, the leader jumps to his feet. The first child in the circle to get back up on his/her feet gets to be the next one to lead. 


Leader:        Kye Kye Kule  (chay chay koo-lay) 
Chorus:         Kye Kye Kule 

Leader:        Kye Kye Kofinsa (chay chay koh-feen sah)
Chorus:         Kye Kye Kofisa 

Leader:        Kofisa Langa   (Koh-fee sah lahn-gah)  
Chorus:         Kofisa Langa 
  
Leader:        Kaka Shilanga   (Kah-kah shee lahn-gah) 
Chrous:         Kaka Shilanga

Leader:        Kum Aden Nde  (koom ah-dehn day) 
Chorus:         Kum Aden Nde

Leader:        Kum Aden Nde  (koom ah-dehn day) 
Chorus:         Kum Aden Nde, HEY! 

 

 

Translation: 

Hands on your head

Hands on your shoulders

Hands on your waist

Hands on your knees

Hands on your ankles

Hands on your ankles

Hands on your ankles, hey! 


 

 

See more of our American and Multicultural Folk Songs.

Many thanks to Dennis Westphall and Tickle Tune Typhoon for permission to display these lyrics.
©1993 Tickle Tune Typhoon. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


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