Basil Breakey

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Basil Breakey is best known for his photographs of the twilight years of the dynamic jazz subculture that flourished in South Africa, and particularly in Johannesburg, until the early 1960s, when it was finally crushed by the apartheid state.


Abdullah Ibrahim and Ray Nollie playing a live concert, Strandfontein, Cape Town, South Africa
Abdullah Ibrahim playing the cello in Strandfontein, Cape Town, South Africa
Abdullah Ibrahim practicing on the piano, Cape Town, South Africa
Abdullah Ibrahim, Ray Nollie, Johnny Gertze and Basil Coetzee playing as part of a jazz band, Cape Town, South Africa
Abigail Kubeka, Swaziland Independence celebrations, Mbabane, Swaziland
Allen Kwela playing guitar at Wits, Johannesburg, South Africa
Backdrop at jazz festival, Cape Town, South Africa
Barney Rachabane (left) and Dennis Mphale (right), Johannesburg, South Africa
Basil Coetzee and Abdullah Ibrahim practicing before a live performance, Cape Town, South Africa
Basil Coetzee and Abdullah Ibrahim surveying an empty venue during a soundcheck, Cape Town, South Africa
Basil Coetzee with his saxophone, Cape Town, South Africa
Bassist, Johnny Dyani, Dorkay House, Johannesburg, South Africa
Chris McGregor conducting the Castle Lager Big Band, Johannesburg, South Africa
Chris McGregor conducting the Castle Lager Big Band, Johannesburg, South Africa
Chris McGregor conducting the Castle Lager Big Band, Johannesburg, South Africa
Chris McGregor sleeping on floor, Joubert Park, Johannesburg, South Africa
Chris McGregor, jazz pianist, Johannesburg, South Africa
Christopher 'Columbus' Ngcukana playing live at Hartleyvale Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa
Christopher 'Columbus' Ngcukana playing the saxophone live, Cape Town, South Africa
Drummer performing live, Cape Town, South Africa
Dudu Pukwana, Kippie Moeketsi, Nick Moyake, Dennis Mphale playing a jazz composition, Johannesburg, South Africa
Duku Makasi, jazz saxophonist, playing live in Langa, Cape Town, South Africa
Early Mabuza, veteran drummer, recording with the Castle Lager Big Band, Johannesburg, South Africa
Guest artist at a Moholo concert, Cape Town, South Africa
Jazz band members, Mongezi Feza, Louis Moholo, Dudu Pukwana and Sammy Maritz, Johannesburg, South Africa
Jazz musician, Robert Sithole, performing live, Cape Town, South Africa
Jazz musicians, Blythe Mbityana with Dalton Khanyile, Johannesburg, South Africa
Jazz musicians, Mongezi Feza and Dudu Pukwana, Johannesburg, South Africa
Jazz musicians, Winston 'Mankunku' Ngozi, Phil Schilder and Chris Schilder, Mbabane, Swaziland
Jazz musicians, Winston Mankunku and Phil Schilder, at the Swaziland Independence celebrations, Mbabane
Jazz saxophonist playing live, South Africa
Kippie Morolong Moeketsi, jazz musician, smoking, Johannesburg, South Africa
Kippie Morolong Moeketsi, looking through window, Johannesburg, South Africa
Louis Maholo live in concert, Cape Town, South Africa
Louis Moholo playing the drums, Cape Town, South Africa
Louis Moholo playing the drums, Cape Town, South Africa
Louis Tebogo Moholo and Christopher 'Columbus' Ngcukana playing live at Hartleyvale Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa
Man blowing a horn, sitting next to a woman
Martin Kijima playing live in concert, Cape Town, South Africa
Molombo performing live, Mbabane, Swaziland

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