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Basil Breakey (03 Nov 1938 - 09 Sept 2015)

11 Sep 2015 - 12:30
Basil Breakey

UCT Libraries Special Collections would like to pay tribute to Basil Breakey, who passed away on 9 September.

"Sadly photographer and friend Basil Breakey has moved on. It was a privilege to have worked with Basil, a soulful and passionate lensman who documented a key epoch in our country's musical history. Of course he was ahead of the moment, and through his works, will shine beyond it." - Stephen Gordon 

"In loving memory of our Father Basil Breakey … a wonderful and exceptional photographer, a good soul, a kind heart, and much more. He passed away today age 77 in Cape Town. Rest in peace Dad. God bless you. We love you ... s H i n e …” - Azar Breakey (son)

Abdullah Ibrahim practices his piano routine before a live performance in Strandfontein, Cape Town, South Africa.

Abdullah Ibrahim practices his piano routine before a live performance in Strandfontein, Cape Town, South Africa.

Jazz musicians, Blythe Mbityana with Dalton Khanyile, play a duet in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Jazz musicians, Blythe Mbityana with Dalton Khanyile, play a duet in Johannesburg, South Africa.​

Louis Moholo playing the drums at a live gig at Langa Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, sometime between 1960 and 1970.

Louis Moholo playing the drums at a live gig at Langa Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, sometime between 1960 and 1970.

Malombo Jazz Makers performing live at the Royal Swazi Spa in Mbabane, Swaziland.

Malombo Jazz Makers performing live at the Royal Swazi Spa in Mbabane, Swaziland.​

Christopher 'Columbus' Ngcukana, jazz saxophonist, plays at a live gig in Cape Town, South Africa.

Christopher 'Columbus' Ngcukana, jazz saxophonist, plays at a live gig in Cape Town, South Africa.

View more of Basil Breakey’s photographs

Read  Jazz contacts : envisaging Basil Breakey's photographic remains beyond the archiveZimmer, N. 2012.

These items are the property of the University of Cape Town Libraries. For information about acquiring a copy and/or permission to reproduce an image, please contact the Special Collections of the University of Cape Town Libraries. Copyright held by Basil Breakey.

Basil Breakey’s photos are part of the Musicpics Africa Archive and Photo Collection. Musicpics manages a collection of South African and African music images dating from the 1960s to the present.