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Spectrum wins ZMR 2011 Music Awards!

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

SpectrumSpectrum has won “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” and “Best Electronic Album” in the ZMR 2011 Music Awards! See the winners on ZoneMusicReporter.com.

Spectrum is a new release by Hennie Bekker available on CD and as an album download. Spectrum is a celebration and showcase of Hennie Bekker’s remarkable strength as a multi-genre artist, featuring a colorful sequence of music from some of his most memorable albums, including the best selling Spring Rain, Summer Breeze, Temba and Reverie.

Spectrum unfolds with an uplifting array of Bekker’s musical footprints, inviting the listener on a peaceful instrumental journey through a lifetime of timeless musical expression, from echoing soundscapes of the ancient African jungle, to romantic piano and modern ambient sounds.

“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.” ~Michael Diamond – Music and Media Focus

John. P Olsen of NewAgeMusicWorld.com has written a really nice article on the award winners – read the article here. You can also read his fantastic review of Spectrum here.

Preview and buy Spectrum on henniebekker.com, iTunes, as well as all other major CD and download stores.

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Spectrum #1 on the ZMR Top 100 Airplay Chart!

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

SpectrumSpectrum moved into #1 on the ZMR Top 100 Airplay Chart for November 2011! See the chart on ZoneMusicReporter.com.

Spectrum is a new release by Hennie Bekker available on CD and as an album download. Spectrum is a celebration and showcase of Hennie Bekker’s remarkable strength as a multi-genre artist, featuring a colorful sequence of music from some of his most memorable albums, including the best selling Spring Rain, Summer Breeze, Temba and Reverie.

Spectrum unfolds with an uplifting array of Bekker’s musical footprints, inviting the listener on a peaceful instrumental journey through a lifetime of timeless musical expression, from echoing soundscapes of the ancient African jungle, to romantic piano and modern ambient sounds.

“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.” ~Michael Diamond – Music and Media Focus

Preview and buy the album on henniebekker.com, iTunes, as well as all other major CD and download stores.

Check back on the blog or subscribe to Hennie’s newsletter to be notified of related news including new videos and special offers.

Spectrum – New Album Available Now!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

SpectrumSpectrum is a new release by Hennie Bekker available on CD and as an album download. Spectrum is a celebration and showcase of Hennie Bekker’s remarkable strength as a multi-genre artist, featuring a colorful sequence of music from some of his most memorable albums, including the best selling Spring Rain, Summer Breeze, Temba and Reverie.

Spectrum unfolds with an uplifting array of Bekker’s musical footprints, inviting the listener on a peaceful instrumental journey through a lifetime of timeless musical expression, from echoing soundscapes of the ancient African jungle, to romantic piano and modern ambient sounds.

“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.” ~Michael Diamond – Music and Media Focus

Preview and buy the album on henniebekker.com, iTunes, as well as all other major CD and download stores.

Check back on the blog or subscribe to Hennie’s newsletter to be notified of related news including new videos and special offers.

New Video!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Check out the video for the euphoric trance remix (radio edit) of the track “Freefall” from Hennie Bekker’s new album MOVING ON. You can view the video on YouTube.

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New album out June 29th, remix, twitter, video and more….

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

’Moving On’ – out June 29th!

Many of you have been waiting for my new album ’Moving On’ – after all, it’s been a year since I announced the release! After my concert last May, I was inspired to add a few new ideas and tracks to the album. The good news is, ’Moving On’ is finally complete, and the release date has been set…the album will be available on June 29th!

Remix!

I’ve teamed up with renowned UK producer Robbie Bronnimann (Howard Jones’ producer and remixer) to remix one of the tracks from Moving On – it’s a “euphoric trance” remix of the track called ’Freefall’. You’ll find that the remix is very different from my more relaxing and ambient material, but the piano melody from the track ’Freefall’ really works well, and Robbie’s done a great job. It’s a great summer track, so hopefully you’ll enjoy it. The track will be out tomorrow Monday 31st May, and for those of you on my list, stay tuned for a nice surprise. I’ll also be posting a blog on the idea behind the remix on my official blog so those of you that are used to my more relaxing stuff will get an idea of why this all makes sense.

Twitter!

I’ve finally set up my own Twitter feed and will be doing my best to post regular updates…follow me at twitter.com/henniebekker

Videos!

I’ve received many requests for videos from the May 2009 concert and have good news to share: After a lot of time spent with my editor, and working on the crucial sound mix, we will soon be posting videos including two tracks from ’Moving On’, and a song from my 2009 African Tapestries release ’Amani’.

If you haven’t already checked it out, log on to my Youtube channel where you can view the latest relaxation video that I shot during my New Years holiday in Ixtapa Mexico last December.

Web updates and more….

You’ll see more exciting news in the next few weeks. My team has been working hard on revamping my website and adding features to my Official Facebook and MySpace pages that will make my music available as individual tracks and album downloads, and I’ll let you know when it’s all ready. We’ve also signed a deal with a digital distributor that will be making my music available on all of the major music sites (including iTunes, Amazon mp3 and Napster) in the coming months, so no matter where you live, you’ll be able to enjoy it.

Till next week, be well, and stay tuned!

Hennie

Free Christmas Spirit Ringtone

Friday, December 18th, 2009

It’s that time of the year again… one of my favorite times. I would like to extend warm wishes to all for the Holiday Season. May you be blessed with joy, good health, peace, success and all the best things in life for 2010.

While you are here, you can pick up this special little gift I’ve prepared for you. I’ve taken the title track from my Christmas Spirit album – my own composition – and crafted a special mp3 ringtone to usher in the holiday season. It is available as a free download through this month.

Download the Christmas Spirit Ringtone now and share it with your friends. To use the ringtone, unzip the file and use bluetooth, infrared or a data cable to transfer the mp3 from your computer to your phone.

The Christmas Spirit album is available as a digital download. Check out the samples and enjoy.

Cheers

Hennie

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

I am offering a free mp3 download of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing — a track from my Christmas CD in the Tranquility series. It’s a way I can give a gift and say “Thank You” for your support over the years. Download the Hark! The Herald Angels Sing mp3, add it to your playlist and enjoy during this festive season.

I chose Hark! The Herald Angels Sing because it is a very popular Christmas carol and the music has strength and a lasting quality. I feel my arrangement and composition of this piece brings out the underlying qualities, often missed when played on a church organ, and is sure to please with its rich tonal qualities.

When arranging a piece which has become a classic, it helps to know a bit of the history. If you, too, have an interest in the evolution of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, there is a short article by Melissa Howard and a Wikipedia article which give an insight to the background of the piece. Both article hint at fair use, derivative work and copyright, which are still unsolved, contentious issues today.

Christmas Spirit Download

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Christmas Spirit CD Cover For all of you who have been asking for Christmas Spirit, I am please to let you know that I now have listed on my web site Christmas Spirit as a digital download for $9.99.

Yes, it is the complete album with your traditional favourites. I have crafted a downloadable, high quality mp3 for your enjoyment. The album features my relaxing, new age inspired arrangements which are sure to please.

I want to thank all of you who previously purchased the Christmas Spirit CD. The words you used in your comments — uplifting, festive, rediscovery, wonderment, beauty and so on — now live on on my web page. I admit to using your words of appreciation to create the album description — Thanks!

I was hoping the Christmas Spirit CD would also be available, but it just wasn’t meant to be this year.

My Festive Season Special

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Tranquility: ChristmasWhen you order 3 or more CDs and the Tranquility Christmas CD is one of them, you’ll see a discount of $12.98 in your cart.

Act quickly to take advantage of this offer. The festive season is short and delivery time makes it even shorter. To receive your order before 25th December, please place it before:

  • 15th of December for delivery to Canada and the US
  • 4th of December for delivery to international destinations

Canadian fans

Canadian fans can find Tranquility Christmas, as well as the rest of the albums in the “Hennie Bekker’s Tranquility” series at their local HMV or on iTunes Canada. The HMV web site lets you check availability in your area.

My Blog!

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Hello everyone!
It’s been a while since my last update, but it was a busy summer, and you will soon start to see the fruits of my labour. In an effort to be a little more transparent and interactive, I’ve started this blog. This will allow me to update you all more frequently on what I am currently working on, as well as new projects on the way, and also let you know about any promotions and special events we have planned.

I hope you’ve all been enjoying the African Tapestries series. We recently released the newest album in the series ”Amani”, as an individual CD. Many of the songs on the album are based on my childhood experiences living in Zimbabwe. On this album I’ve really tried to combine my childhood memories with my music to continue the journey through the rhythms of Southern Africa. One of my favorite places in Africa are the Vumba Mountains, and the track “Vumba Dawn” gets inspiration from the sounds of nature and wilderness around the mountains.

This month I’m offering “Vumba Dawn” as a free mp3 download. You can click HERE to download the track. The African Tapestries series, including “Amani”, is available on my website and also on iTunes Canada. International friends don’t worry, in addition to the physical CD, “Amani” is also available as a high quality album download on my website. I’ll let you know when the rest of the catalogue is available for download.

As you may have seen from my last updates, in May I had the great fortune to perform with some of my other fellow Canadians. We are in the final editing stages of the video from the concert. I’m very anxious to share videos from the performance, but for now I’ve posted more photos from this magical night in the gallery on my site. I’m really looking forward to doing more concerts in 2010.

It’s been a beautiful Fall season, with the leaves creating a kaleidoscope of colors. But it’s getting colder here in Toronto, and that means the holiday season is on its way! So we are re-releasing Christmas from the Tranquility series for Canadian record stores. You can of course also order the album from my online store. I will be sending you all a little gift very soon!

Looking down the road, you can expect more updates regarding a new album, upcoming performances and free downloads on my website. I always appreciate your feedback and support, so don’t hesitate to join me at a few of my other homes Facebook,  Myspace, and don’t forget to sign-up to my newsletter too!

Best,
HB