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Hennie Bekker

New age multi-instrumentalist Hennie Bekker is a prolific recording artist with a cross-genre approach that references jazz, rock, dance, and ambient styles of music. He has scored music for films, released a plethora of solo albums and is a member of the Canadian techno/dance outfit B.K.S. However, Bekker is perhaps best known for his innovative mixing of nature sounds and instrumental music on such albums series as SolitudesTM, Kaleidoscope, and Tranquility.

Raised in a Zambian copper-mining town ten miles south of the Congolese border (Mufulira), Bekker became entranced early on by such sounds as tribal chanting and drumming, perking up his interest in music. Shortly thereafter, Bekker taught himself how to play the piano, and at the age of 15, began playing with various jazz fusion bands in Zambia, Zaire, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. From there, Bekker began scoring for film, television, radio, and commercials before eventually moving to London, England, where he teamed up with producer Emil Zoghby and started arranging, conducting, and producing albums for the likes of Freddie Cole, Magna Carta, and Stanley Black. By 1987, Bekker had relocated once more, this time to Canada, where he focused on commercial work (contributing musical bits to stock-music companies).

Eventually, Bekker gravitated toward the meditative sounds of new age, where he added soothing melodies to nature sounds compiled by Dan Gibson, which led to the duo collaborating on a total of 14 Exploring Nature with Music releases and to further Bekker musical contributions for the aforementioned Kaleidoscope and Tranquility series. During the '90s, Bekker also found time to issue his own solo releases, including such titles as Great Lakes Suite, Summer Breeze, Mirage, Tember, Jabula, and Spa, among others. Showcasing his versatility, Bekker then turned his attention to techno/dance, working with B.K.S., a group that achieved quite a bit of success in Canada (their 1996 release, Astroplane, received a Juno Award for Best Dance Recording). In 2005, Bekker launched another album series, African Tapestries, which explored the exotic music of his homeland. He also continued to release a steady stream of solo albums including 2000's jazz standards album Swing Gently, 2005's relaxing Exotic Spa, 2010's holiday-themed Christmas Spirit, and the 2011 compilation Spectrum: An Anthology of Relaxing Instrumental Music. ~ Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Beyond Dreams - Pathways To Deep Relaxation

1. Self Connect

2. Floating To Forever

3. Letting Go

4. The Calm

5. Quiescence

6. Beyond Dreams

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Track List: Spectrum - An Anthology Of Relaxing Instrumental Music

1. Spring Rain

2. The Heart Of Africa

3. Bahia Nights

4. Mystical Mother

5. Urban Trance

6. Stormy Sunday

7. Amani (Peace)

8. Alone In A Dream (Excerpt)

9. Tranquility

10. Elusive Sensation (Excerpt)

11. Entranced

12. Always There

13. Sands Of Time

14. Silent Embrace

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Track List: Moving On

1. I Know It's A Dream

2. Bahia Nights

3. Moving On

4. Harp On It

5. Freefall

6. Silver Sands

7. Just One Of Those Days

8. Atmos

9. Oceanus

10. Oceanus (Seascape Mix)

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Track List: African Tapestries: Amani

1. Oh Africa

2. Amani (Peace)

3. Feeling Kwaito

4. Take Me To The Sun

5. Kangela

6. A Dream Of Africa

7. Vumba Dawn

8. Ayize (Let It Happen)

9. Dusk

10. Rhythms Of The Night

11. Jabula Time

12. The Rain Has Come

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Track List: African Tapestries - Kusasa

1. Kikuyu Love Song

2. Shumbahle

3. Dance Of Love

4. Hills Of Halali

5. Roads Less Travelled

6. Woza

7. Sacred Dance

8. Yelelelelele Le-Le

9. The Chase

10. Inyanga Morn

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Track List: Hennie Bekker's Tranquility - Awakenings

1. Ever Present Song

2. Forest Reverie

3. Clair De Lune

4. Awakenings

5. The Ebb & The Flow

6. Urban Trance

7. Love Is…

8. Evening Song

9. After The Rain

10. An Encounter

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Track List: Tranquility - Reverie

1. Fireside Conversations

2. Forgotten Dreams

3. Waltz For Bella

4. Butterfly Dance

5. Tranquility

6. Etude In A Flat (Op.25, No.1)

7. A Dream Afraid Of Waking

8. In Love Again

9. Greensleeves

10. Silhouettes

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Track List: Spa

1. Comfort

2. Elusive Sensation

3. Euphoria

4. Inner Peace

5. Revitalized

6. State Of Bliss

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Track List: Dreaming

1. Entranced

2. The Veil

3. Billowing Bliss

4. Blessings

5. Astral Projection

6. Above The Minarets

7. Dreaming

8. Dalili (A Sign)

9. Costa De La Luz

10. Chih Nu

11. Adrift

12. Lucidity

13. Silent Embrace

14. Dreaming (Reprise)

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Track List: African Tapestries - Temba

1. The Heart Of Africa

2. Mystical Mother

3. Kango Echoes

4. Earthchild

5. Karoo Song

6. Morning Market

7. Cape Of Good Hope

8. Okavango

9. Delfina

10. Cry Of The Wilderness

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Track List: Mirage

1. Alone In A Dream

2. On And On…and On

3. Introspection

4. Sands Of Time

5. Nostalgia

6. Longing

7. Leftover Dreams

8. Mirage

9. Synthetique

10. Ad Infinitum

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Track List: Spring Rain

1. Old Friends

2. Spring Rain

3. Time Out

4. Hello Again

5. Memories

6. First Light

7. Heart

8. Flight Of The Sparrow

9. The Other Side

10. Reflections

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Track List: African Tapestries - The Smoke That Thunders

1. Freedom Dance

2. Nkana

3. The Market Place Hustle

4. 10 Miles To Sakenia

5. Swazi Girl

6. After The Rain Has Come

7. Talk To The Spirits

8. Kariba Song

9. Namib Sunrise

10. The Smoke That Thunders

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Track List: Tranquility" Transitions

1. Twilight Song

2. A Day Dream

3. Flutter By You Butterfly

4. Pachelbel's Canon In D

5. Mind Journey

6. It Was Only Yesterday

7. Floating

8. A Country Feeling

9. Remember When

10. Transitions

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Track List: Autumn Magic

1. Amber And Gold

2. Song For September

3. Time Alone

4. Ballet Petite

5. Woodlands

6. A Half Forgotten Dream

7. Iridescent Morn

8. Fleeting Memories

9. Quiet Moments

10. Autumn Elegy

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Track List: Kaleidoscopes – Summer Breeze

1. June Dance

2. Summer Dawn

3. Chasing Dreams

4. Algonquin Trails

5. Stormy Sunday

6. Georgian Bay Holidays

7. Afternoon Shadows

8. Moonlight Dance

9. Twilight Echoes

10. My Country Heart

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Track List: Kaleidoscopes – Winter Reflections

1. Reunion

2. Jacquelyn

3. Arctic Child

4. Christmas Spirit

5. Alpine Retreat

6. The Evergreen

7. First Snow

8. Ice Ballet

9. Winter Fury

10. Northern Lights

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Track List: The Best Of Tranquility

Disc 1

1. Fireside Conversations

3. Ever Present Song

4. It Was A Long Time Ago

5. Tranquility

6. Butterfly Dance

7. Greensleeves

8. Evening Song

9. Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet

10. Transitions

Disc 2

1. The Ebb & The Flow

2. Forgotten Dreams

3. Forest Reverie

4. It Was Only Yesterday

5. Let It Be Forever

6. Awakenings

7. Serenade

9. Prelude In E Minor (Op. 28 No. 4)

10. Twilight Song

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His music is very comforting
And relaxing.
Peaceful and tranquill
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Still my favorite
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Love you Mr. Bekker
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My heart and soul Mr. Bekker
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Hey Tink ! Wait up! Wow!! I found never-never land!!!
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I feel like I know Henne.....I think I have all of his CD;s. They have got me through some pretty rough times. So relaxing!
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Hmm...I remember African Tapestries being a tape back in at the least 1993. Maybe its not considered a full album until 2005? Either way, I have been listening to him since I was a baby, and I am ecstatic Pandora got some of his Albums on here!

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