Publication Date

Spring 1994


In this study I examine the play songs of children in several Akan communities. I have collected and transcribed songs from Adonkrono in the East region and Ashim/Mozano from the Central region and described the actions which accompany the songs. In the text of this paper, I discuss the movements and the texts of the songs. I discuss the ways in which they reflect the culture and their educational value to the children who take part in these activities. Through this analysis I hope to show some of the ways in which the play songs both reflect the culture and educate the children in this culture. Thus, I hope to convince my readers that these songs play an important role in the Akan culture are essential for this community.