The Black Apostles

Steven L. Isoardi

in The Dark Tree

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245914
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932241 | DOI:
The Black Apostles

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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

Chapter.  8952 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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