Funny and Unique Derique, an Emmy Award winning clown, is internationally
known for his unique blend of Hambone Body Drumming, (an African American
body percussion art form), circus skills, and modern day physical comedy.
Derique's universal quality has touched millions with performances on
stages and television shows, throughout the Americas, South Africa, Asia
Derique has performed with many entertainers including Bobby McFerrin,
Lou Rawls, and the late Sammy Davis Jr. His television credits include
hosting the KQED children's TV show "Short Stories and Tall Tales," being
featured on the Disney Channel, and most recently on a segment of "Spark,"
a KQED production on solo-performers. Derique also wrote, directed and
starred in "Hambone Hamtech: Bring on the Groove" a multimedia production
about the history of Hambone, earlier this year at Oakland's Alice Art
began his career at age 15 performing clowning, juggling, gymnastics,
unicycling, dance, and body drumming. He was a main attraction with
Circus A La Mode and was on tour with San Francisco's Pickle Family
Circus and Make-A-Circus. He is currently the Circus Arts program
director at Oakland Children's Fairyland. Derique is a committed
educator and continues to teach the history of Hambone in schools
throughout the Bay Area. Many of his protégés of Hambone are students
in West Oakland's Prescott Circus Theater.