All of Tiki Mercury-Clarke’s performances are based
on the idea that knowledge can empower an individual or group to create
new futures and to heal old realities. Knowledge is a weapon,
that's why oppressive regimes control the media, the arts and educational
institutions of the countries they rule. KAKUYON
means "arming the people" in an Afrikan
language. STRONGHOLD is synonymous
with fortress – an impenetrable wall of fortified strength.
Tiki’s performances impart the gift of knowledge to her audience
which they in turn can use to fortify their mind.
years of performing at schools, for community groups, churches, businesses
etc., it became clear to Tiki that more than perfomance was necessary
to affect the deep-seated mind expansion that she wished to produce. She
felt it was necessary to have a company that went beyond the performance
phase of her productions. Kakuyon Stronghold was created
to fill this need. The company's performances, along with the supplementary
educational products that Kakuyon Stronghold offers, allow those who come into contact
with the messages exchanged to go forth and build vibrant future opportunities
for themselves and others. Kakuyon Stronghold
was formed to create, manufacture, and distribute profoundly educational
artistic works that deal with societal issues using an Africentric perspective.
The use of the creative and performing arts as the vehicles for
dispensing knowledge and wisdom is rooted in Africentric pedagogy. Kakuyon
Stronghold will be offering performances, workshop materials, CDs, DVDs,
books etc. by Tiki Mercury-Clarke as well as others.
The goal of Kakuyon Stronghold is to offer “education
disguised as entertainment” and more importantly ensure
that this 'education' is inclusive,
comprehensive and honest.