documentaries for the BBC and National Geographic. The composer traveled extensively in Africa, studying the local musical tradition, which is reflected in his series of so-called "African" album.
Hennie Bekker is the winner of numerous competitions and winner of many awards, multi-platinum artist, eclectic career which spans decades, continents, generations and genres. Best known for his New Age records on SolitudesTM, Kaleidoscope and Tranquility series of albums, he was also the creative force behind BKS, one of the most successful techno / dance bands in Canada.
Bekker was raised in Mufulira, Zambia's copper mining town 10 miles south of the border of the Congo. In those early years, he was fascinated by the symphonic sounds of the African wilderness, haunting harmonies of tribal chanting and rhythmic dialogue of drummers communicating between camps at sunset. He - a self-taught pianist, who was the first professional debut at age 15, spending the next decade performing with various groups throughout Zambia, Zaire, Zimbabwe and Kenya. His success as a musician fusion-jazz music and the leadership of the group has raised it to make the musical director of one of the biggest record companies in South Africa. Here, he added, a lot of film, television, radio and commercial music to his list of career achievements.
Bekker brought his musical skills in London, England, where he, along with producer Emil Zoghby, arranged, performed and recorded albums for such renowned artists as Freddie Cole, Magna Carta and Stanley Black.
In 1987, Bekker emigrated to Canada where he concentrated on commercial work and has recorded more than twenty albums of instrumental music sales for companies. This experience led him to SolitudesTM, where he was surrounding melodies to compliment the sounds of nature Dan Gibson's. The two collaborated on the first fourteen Exploring Nature With Music albums, a very successful series which went gold, platinum, double platinum and triple platinum album sales.
Set as Home Just listening to the composer, Bekker went on to compose, arrange and produce a series of solo soothing, meditative, nature inspired albums. The group Kaleidoscope and Tranquility he applied his signature style to the original songs that capture the essence of mood, memory or season as well as the interpretation of familiar classics, carols and lullabies. His well-known African Tapestries series pays tribute to his homeland, the expedition World music interwoven with sounds from his roots.
Multilateralism Bekker'a demonstrated in his groundbreaking work with a group of techno BKS, which produced a record of progressive hits popular in modern club life. Collaborating with Greg Kavanagh and Chris Sheppard, Bekker and his electronic wizardry struck a chord with DJs and the youth market as they toured North America and climbed the charts high. Among other honors BKS's Astroplane won the 1997 Juno award for Best Dance Recording.
Bekker - owner of musical technology, using the full resources of its modern studio to mix, learn to stick together and explore the musical creativity. He - a prolific professional who is constantly creating, exploring and recording auditory portraits that captivate a wide audience. Whether it's a solo party or joint project, the original or interpretive piece, conventional or inventive track, Bekker's skills will continue to inspire.