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Dimby La Dimby

Skipping & Running Game

Dimby la Dimby

Name of Game:

Skipping and Running

Category:

Ethiopia

Country of Origin:

School

Where did you learn it?:

Any number

How many players?:

Both

Gender:

Parties, playground etc

Where is it played?:

 This is based on a song. The words are here:

 

DIMBY LA DIMBY

DIMBY NO O RAA

NO RA MES KORA

MES KE KOR KEY

KOR KEY SALALE

SALALE E MBO

LEMBO KIFLEMBO

KIF LA LAA GAA

LAGA YEWOOSHERRE EK HA

 

and a recording can be heard by watching the video.

 

 We have seen one or two versions.

1) Everyone sits in a circle, facing inwards, feet stretched out towards centre. One person sings the song and runs around the inside of the circle touching the feet of players with each beat of the song. The person who is touched on the final “HA” is out. The game continues until only one remains

 

2) Similar structure but the singer/runner runs around the outside of the circle touching players on the shoulder with each beat. The person who is touched on the final “HA” is out. The game continues until only one remains

 

How to play:

To be the last one in the circle

Aim of Game:

When there is only one person left

How does it End?:

5 minutes +

Average time needed to play:

Other Information:

If time is limited then it can be used to choose one person - the one who is touched on the first “HA”

 

 Sa’ad

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