Werner Bekker is more than just a composer of songs. He is a songwriter, a lyricist, a poet. His songs are filled with intention and meaning, a whirlwind of emotions combined to form sonic perfection, and his latest release one such example.

‘To Memory’ is about looking at your actions in retrospect and wishing you could change them.

He explains, “Sometimes we can be real assholes in the moment and as soon as the words come out of your mouth you want to reverse time and make a different decision. It’s quite ironic how these memories still serve a purpose in the long run of a relationship as you learn how the dynamic works.”

Werner Bekker reflects how in one such situation he did not react in an empathetic way towards his significant other, saying “The writing is on the wall and I wish I could get it off or paint over it, but unfortunately the heart is like an oil canvas and changing it takes time to come to light.”

To Memory showcases Bekker’s incredible writing capabilities, with its intense poetic lyrics, alongside his supreme musicianship and vocal prowess. To Memory is a little more upbeat than the singer’s previous releases, a strong folk pop number which will likely entice new listeners to give way to his more niche titles.

Download and stream the single here: To Memory – Single – Werner Bekker







Werner Bekker is a full time musician with over eight years experience in songwriting, composition, performance and teaching music. Growing up with creative parents, Werner joined his father on the road at an early age – music was ingrained into his existence. He went on to study music at the Campus of Performing Arts and has since written music for various artists, as well as for film.

Inspired by the likes of Damien Rice, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz and Ben Howard, Werner is known for his unique storytelling through acoustic-driven folk pop.

In 2015, he independently recorded and released his debut EP Lalaith, followed by A Northern Summer in 2017. That same year, his internationally acclaimed single ‘Run’ was selected to be part of the BalconyTV Compilation CD. Werner has shared a stage with major South African acts, including Shortstraw, Man as Machine, The Parlotones, Desmond and the Tutus, Rubber Duc and many more.

In February 2018, he released his first professionally recorded single ‘Alive Again’, to critical acclaim. This was followed by ‘I’m With You’ in June, garnering the attention of industry heavyweights and securing him prime spots on major festival line-ups, such as Splashy Fen, Mieliepop, Lush Festival, Oppikoppi, White Mountain Festival and Smoking Dragon Festival.

In 2019, Werner achieved a major breakthrough when he released his single ‘Open Spoken’, which reached #2 on the Jacaranda SA Top 20. This was followed by his long-awaited professionally recorded EP ‘Parts of a Broken Man’, recorded and produced by studio legends Deon Volschenk and Ruan Graaff, and finally capturing the distinct sound the songwriter has so longed to achieve.


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