May 2018 Song of the Month
Rhythm of the Rocks / Obwisana
Copyright 2018 by Nancy Stewart
This song may be downloaded for free and used for any purpose that is not for profit.
CLICK HERE to print the words and instructions for the "rock passing game". PDF)
CLICKHERE for the sheet music (PDF)
DOWNLOAD as an MP3  (How to do it)

This is a wonderful chant from Ghana which I used as a chorus, adding lyrics and verses to expand the song. You can just use the chorus (chant) as the traditional rock passing game (instructions on the next page), or keep a steady beat with your hands.
My best friend, Marylee Sunseri and I recorded it on our 1994 recording, “Rhythm of the Rocks”, and it remains a favorite song of teachers, librarians, and of course, children of all ages! (The recording won an ALA Notable Recording Award and Parent’s Choice- you can find it HERE on my shop page).
Since recording it many years ago, I’ve written 2 additional verses which are included here.

Rhythm of the Rocks / Obwisana

Listen to the rhythm of the rocks
What would they say if they could talk
So many years down under the ground
Listen to the sound, listen to the sound
CHORUS: Obwisana, sa-na, obwisana, sa
                Obwisana, sa-na, obwisana, sa

Rocks in your pockets and rocks in your hands
Rocks from the water and rocks from the land
Rocks that have traveled many a mile
Rocks making music, making us smile (CHORUS)

Find me a rock that's smooth and round
Find me a rock down under the ground
Find me a rock that I can pound
Listen to the sound, listen to the sound (CHORUS

Rocks that the ocean brings to the land
Smoother by the sea and smooth in your hand
Rocks making rhythm for all to hear
Rocks making music far and near (CHORUS