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Very relaxing and atmospheric! Beautiful music and I recommend this.

"Spectrum" - a reflection of diversity

Hennie’s Bekker’s latest release: “Spectrum” is a well-chosen compilation from a sampling from his many albums over the years. Subtitled: “An Anthology of Relaxing Instrumental Music”, the compositions reflect diversity, yet interestingly enough, exhibit a sense of cohesion that makes it feel like a body of work rather than a collage of unrelated tracks. As a keyboardist extraordinaire, Hennie’s lavish piano and synths create a cinematic soundtrack with new age and classical overtones, as well as providing backgrounds for his more rhythmic excursions. I could not help being continuously impressed with Hennie’s compositional ability and the level of expertise and creative vision he brings to whatever style of music he plays. Rarely have I heard a recording artist able to cover such diverse musical terrain and do it so well. From tender piano melodies, to dreamy ambient soundscapes and earthy African-influenced grooves, Hennie Bekker is a consummate composer and masterful musician.

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"Spectrum: An Anthology of Relaxing Instrumental Music" is a celebration and retrospective of Hennie Bekker’s very impressive multi-award-winning career with more than fifty albums to his credit and over a thousand works he has either composed, arranged, or contributed to. "Spectrum" includes fourteen tracks from eleven of Bekker’s most memorable and best-selling albums from the past twenty years. Born and raised in Zambia near the Congo border, the young Bekker was captivated by the sounds of the African wilderness, the haunting harmonies of tribal chanting, and the rhythmic dialog of drummers communicating between mining camps at dusk. He began playing music at an early age and performed with various bands around South Africa before settling Johannesburg and becoming established in the music industry there. He relocated to Canada in 1987 and worked with Dan Gibson on the first fourteen "Solitudes - Exploring Nature With Music" series. He also composed, arranged, and produced many solo albums, thirty of which are on his own Abbeywood Records label. He has also done a lot of innovative techno work with the band BKS, producing a number of progressive hits popular in the contemporary club scene and earning the 1997 Juno Award for Best Dance Recording. Spectrum stays within the new age/world/ambient parameters, but it is easy to see why Bekker’s artistry suits a very broad range of musical genres.

"Spectrum" opens with “Spring Rain,” a gentle, carefree piece that features keyboards, strings, and voices. “The Heart of Africa” begins with the sounds of African wildlife before a catchy rhythm ignites the music. The playful nature of this piece reminds me of Ray Lynch, and it’s impossible to keep the feet still while the music dances and swirls with delight. “Bahia Nights” has an exotic, mystical quality that soothes with graceful movement and a beautiful melody. “Urban Trance” can send you on a wonderful flight of fancy with its gentle rhythm and dreamy quality. “Amani (Peace)” returns us to Africa, the call of the jungle, and a message of peace. “Alone In a Dream” moves us even deeper into a state of tranquility with piano, strings and keyboard washes. If you aren’t there already, “Elusive Sensation” will melt away any tension or stress you might be experiencing - gorgeous! “Entranced” moves into the ambient realm, dreamy and ethereal. “Always There” is a lovely melodic piano and strings piece (plus keyboard washes and voices) intended for romance - an elegant and eloquent slow dance. “Silent Embrace” ends the collection softly and tenderly, eliciting contentment and a deep sigh. Good stuff, Mr. Bekker!

"Spectrum" is an enchanting work of art and an excellent introduction to Hennie Bekker’s world of music; Bekker’s many fans will be thrilled with this compilation of highlights from his lengthy career. Recommended!


Born: 1934 in Nkana, Zambia

Genre: World

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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