Soundscapes of Africa

Hennie Bekker

African Tapestries Collection
(Abbeywood Records, 2009)

Zambian musician Hennie Bekker has released this five CD boxed titled “African Tapestries Collection”. Bekker is now based in Toronto, Canada, where he has released electronic dance music, new age and stress relief music. “African Tapestries Collection” takes Bekker back to his African roots by combining ambient and melodic electronica with sounds of nature and African rhythms. The overall effect is cinematic and soothing.

African Tapestries Collection” is a boxed set that includes the entire “African Tapestries” series: “Temba,” “The Smoke That Thunders”, “Kusasa,” “Jabula” and “Amani”.

Hennie Bekker’s musical career began at age 15, when he debuted on the jazz club circuit in Southern Africa, and then quickly became a leading figure in the fusion jazz scene. Over the next decade, he traveled throughout the Congo, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. In the early 80s, Hennie moved to London, England, where he produced, composed and arranged for artists such as Freddie Cole, Magna Carta and Stanley Black. In the late 80s, Bekker and his family moved to Toronto, Canada.

Buy the album: African Tapestries Collection

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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  1. I’ve been enjoying Hennie’s CD Kusasa for awhile now. But I also purchased his son, Barry’s, Kikuyu. Both are great. But now I’m looking forward to Hennie’s collection.

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