While he was still in his twenties, Horace Tapscott gave up a successful career in Lionel Hampton's band and returned to his home in Los Angeles to found the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, a community arts group that focused on providing affordable, community-oriented jazz and jazz training. Over the course of almost forty years, the Arkestra, together with the related Union of God's Musicians and Artists Ascension (UGMAA) Foundation, were at the forefront of the vital community-based arts movements in black Los Angeles.
Some three hundred artist ranging from musicians, vocalists, poets, playwrights, painters, sculptors, and graphic artists--passed through these organisations, many ultimately remaining within the community and others moving on to achieve international fame.
As a tribute to the genius, here is two hour long compilations of Horace Tapscott (UGMAA + PAPA) )related music â Some of it has never been released commercially and many if not all the tracks used are now out of print. For more information about Tapscott and Nimbus West Records, visit: http://www.nimbuswest.com
Detailed track listings and other writings will be available here: