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Che Che Kooley
A Line/Circle Dance/Game
Traditional - Ghana    

This song is available on Colleen & Uncle Squaty's Movin' Party

Song, Chant, Call & Respose, Circle Game

Che che koo-lay.   

Che che koo-fee sa. 

Koo-fee san lan-ga. 

Ka-ta chee lan-ga. 

Koom a day hay  

Koom a day hay.   (echo)
Hey. (echo)



Che Che Kooley means:
“If you're out in the ocean on your boat,  return quickly, rain is coming”.

Dance movement means:
I have good thoughts in my head. I have cloths for my shoulders.  I have food in my belly.  I will dance for you.

     Chant and echo while dancing.  (8 counts per verse or action)
     Che che kooley.    (hands on your head)
     Che che koo-fee sa. (hands on your shoulders)
     Koo-fee sa lan-ga.  (hands on your waist/ left side, then right)
     Ka-ta chee lan-ga.  (hand pat your opposite/raised knees/ left knee, then right)
     Koom a day hay.  (hands touch your opposite/raised toes/ left toe, then right)
     Koom a day hay.  (hands touch your opposite/raised heels, behind your back/left heel, then          right)
     Hey. (touch elbows to knees / squatting position) During instrumental part,
        you may use the same dance movements as the vocal part.

Circle Game: 
Leader in middle of circle sings song,
Outside circle repeats song and actions.
Last verse: leader sits on floor, and blinds eyes.  Outside circle statue freeze.
Leader gets up and looks for someone who is moving –
That person is the new leader in the middle.



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Many thanks to Colleen & Uncle Squaty for permission to display these lyrics.
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