Sideline Men

Date Published: 
1947-05-08
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
11

LONDON, April 12—Two West Indians now in London are musicians each with a sideline. Rudolph Dunbar is a conductor and a journalist. As he puts it: "Because of my colour I am handicapped; I do not conduct every day." So he is correspondent of the Associated Negro Press.

Dunbar is here from Paris, where he has conducted all the principal orchestras. He hopes to introduce to London soon the "Manhattan Serenade", composed by a 16-year-old American girl, Phillipa Duke Schuyler.

The other, Joff Bart, is a West Indies opening batsman and inside-right for Trinidad football team. But at home he is equally well-known as a calypso singer; The real calypso is improvised by singer and pianist as they go along, like the penillion singing of the Welsh. Bart attributes his great facility in inventing spurt-of-the-moment rhymes and rhythms to his knowledge of Shakespeare.

He will be broadcasting soon, but the BBC bars religion and politics as subjects for his muse.