Celebrating 60 years of revolutionary music, REDCAT is pleased to present a performance by the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra playing new and memorable tunes. The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra is a Black music ensemble from Los Angeles founded in 1961 by Horace Tapscott. The Arkestra started as a collective of jazz musicians as a response to the racial inequality in the U.S. Artists subjected to prejudice who saw opportunities denied to them found an outlet to express themselves via the Ark. The Ark is currently mixed with veteran members as well as young musicians, all led by Mekala Session with the help of Jamael Dean and veteran members.
“The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra has always been an incubator
cultivating talent and giving space for creative expression…It’s a regenerative vehicle for personal expression through a collective whole.”