The tragic monotony of statistics dealing with refugees fleeing from communist countries to the West was suddenly interrupted when it was reported in early July that four British citizens had asked for political asylum in Sweden.
LV. Four musicians in garden of Nordlov Swedish family Nordlov's home
LV.PAN Musicians walking accompanied by Swedish hosts E. Lindell and B. Nordlov, (ST. Tuna church in the background)
ANGLE V. Musicians, host look over bridge
SCU. Left to right: Yussef Williams, brian I Isaacs and E. Lindell
SCU. Left to right: B. Nordlov, Harold and Jeff Chartriers
GV. River from bridge
LV.PAN Boat on river PAN to cafe there musicians are playing
SV. Four musicians playing
SCU. Jephthah plays saxophone
SCU. Jussef Williams
SCU. Chartries plays bass
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Background: The tragic monotony of statistics dealing with refugees fleeing from communist countries to the West was suddenly interrupted when it was reported in early July that four British citizens had asked for political asylum in Sweden.
These four "odd men out" are coloured members of the South african "Golden City Dixies" bend who decided not to return to their native country at the end of their Swedish tour, in view of recent outbreaks of race violence in South Africa.
Tenor Yussef Williams bass-player Jeff Chartriers, rock and roll singer Brian Isaacs and alto-saxophonist Harold Jephthah were filmed, July 11, at Stora Tuna in Sweden's tourist-province of Dalecarlis, where they are staying pending the outcome of their sudden and unexpected appeal to the Swedish authorities.
All four come from the neighbourhood of Durban, centre of the recent racial trouble. The four Jazz musicians gave themselves up at the local police station in nearby Borlaenge. Their encounter with the Swedish police was a pleasant surprise for the South Africans. "We expected boots, but we got food", said Jephthah, who claimed to have experienced rough treatment from white South African Policemen in his home country.
Technically the four do not yet need to ask for political asylum as they are all in possession of labour and residence permits valid until August 24.
No decision has been made known so far by the officials handling the appeal, and the four musicians have been "adopted" by kind Swedish families until their status is clear.
In the evenings the South Africans, who plan to set up a musical quartet to earn their living in Sweden, play in a cafe to entertain the local teenagers and to learn a few shillings.
Meanwhile, from East Germany comes the report that two British soldiers, absent from their unit in West Germany since May 7, have asked East German authorities for political asylum. Other report, from East Germany claim that the refugee stream is now developing into a two-way traffic, with thousands of unemployed West Germans passing through a special reception centre at Eisenach on their way to unemployment in East Germany.