"gorgeous intersection of Spanish flamenco, Arabic and Andalusian music, Persian classical, and jazz"
-E.E. Bradman, Bass Player Magazine
Seffarine's international blend of sounds features soulful Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp. Their music embraces and extends Naki's rich heritage, which spans from Moorish Spain to the Sahara, by mixing Arabic Andalusi music with Manuel Gutierrez's explosive flamenco footwork, the grooves of acclaimed bassist Damian Erskine and the exotic instrumentation of Persian master multi-instrumentalist Bobak Salehi. These diverse backgrounds meld into an intoxicating blend of ancient and modern that Scott Stevens of SoundRoots describes as "an ear-caressing blend of sounds from Spain and North Africa, spiced with a bit of fiery instrumentation and percussion."
Seffarine takes its name from the ancient metalworking square in Lamiae's home city of Fes, Morocco. Her family is well known in the Seffarine as master metalworkers continuing the tradition today. The square dates back to the 9th century and is famous for the complex rhythms that can be heard from the blacksmiths' hammers.
"De Fez a Jerez" released
Our new CD is out! "De Fez a Jerez" features songs recorded in Jerez, Spain with some of the living legends of flamenco, including Diego del Morao, Tomasa La Macanita and Luis de Perikín. Also on the CD are some of Portland's greatest musicians - Bobak Salehi, Damian Erskine, Bill Athens, Manavihare Fiaindratovo and Kendra Carpenter and Anil Prasad. Seffarine's CD and release concert and CD are funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
"De Fez a Jerez" is on the Transglobal World Music Charts!
Our new CD has been included in the top 20 best world music releases by the Transglobal World Music Charts, a panel of 43 world music experts from around the world. We are honored to be chosen along with great artists such as Youssou N'dour, Mamak Khadem and Vieux Farka Toure.
Check out the charts here