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The Dark TreeJazz and the Community Arts in Los Angeles$
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Steve Isoardi

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245914

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245914.001.0001

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The Black Apostles

The Black Apostles

The Arkestra/UGMAA Ethos and Aesthetic

(p.272) 12 The Black Apostles
The Dark Tree

Steven L. Isoardi

University of California Press

This chapter examines the ethos and aesthetic of the Union of God's Musicians and Artists Ascension (UGMAA) and the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (PAPA). It suggests that the success of the organizations depended on the hundreds of artists who came together around Horace Tapscott's vision of a collective, community-based arts movement. These members developed that vision into an ethos of community involvement and an aesthetic rooted in African American social life incorporating aspects of West African cultural tradition.

Keywords:   ethos, aesthetic, artists, Horace Tapscott, arts movement, community involvement, social life, cultural tradition

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