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Unique Derique on hambone, physical comedy and minstrelsy

Eric Carmichael// Resized

Hambone is an art form involving body percussion with roots in West African music and dance. It was brought to this continent by enslaved people. Today, East Bay native Lance McGee keeps the practice going. 

McGee performs his signature blend of clowning, Hambone and physical comedy under the name Unique Derique. 

I learned about the difference between clowning and dehumanizing yourself... are you making fun of your culture or are you making fun with life?

Unique Derique will perform during the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival on Friday, July 22.