Presenter Reviews


"The Global Spice World Music Series at Western Washington University presents music that blends western and non-western musical traditions and explores the fusion of world music with contemporary, classical, jazz, and popular music styles. As a relatively new concert series, we have been steadily building our audience and reputation in the community and region. Presenting Seffarine was a tipping point for our series. Their performance drew our largest and most enthusiastic audience to date and I have received many positive comments from students, faculty colleagues and community members who reached out to thank me for bringing Seffarine to Bellingham.

Their music is exciting and beautiful with deep roots in the traditions of Flamenco and Arabic music and their professional performance and stage presence showed their skills as performing artists who understand how to connect and communicate with an audience."

     -Patrick Roulette, Director, WWU Global Spice Concert Series, Bellingham, WA


“Seffarine is the real deal; they are truly professional and beyond talented. Each musician in the ensemble brings something unique and beautiful, from a lilting vocalist to enchanting instruments to a flamenco dancer and percussionist, they held my audience captivated both at the engagement activity (which drew three times as many people as I anticipated!) and at their concert. I have heard lots of positive feedback in the two days since the show asking to bring them back. On top of all of that, they are a joy to work with; everyone is pleasant, patient, and kind. A presenter’s dream."


     -Stephanie Wenning, Executive Director, Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA)


"Seffarine opened the World Concert at Lake Tahoe with sensational and beautiful music and dance. The audience was energized from the first song with Persian music and a flamenco dancer that brought joyful cheers from people of all ages. It was a pleasure to work with Nat, from the first planning steps to their performances on the stage and on the nature trail. Seffarine’s traditional music expanded our audience’s knowledge of culture and history while celebrating community and unity through world music.  Months later many audience members are still talking about their powerful performances that touched people’s heart and soul."

     - Nancy Tieken Lopez, Artistic Director, Trails & Vistas

“Seffarine performed their concert program “From Fez to Jerez” to a very enthusiastic and welcoming audience. The program consisted of original compositions, mixed with traditional Arabic and Flamenco arrangements. The performance was described as “Flamenco meets Moroccan and Persian Music”, and Seffarine definitely delivers and doesn’t disappoint. Lamiae and Nat expertly guided the audience through the program, different languages, and explained the background and origins of the arrangements. Lamiae’s powerful, smooth and silky vocals were perfectly suited to the upbeat tunes and slow ballads (not to mention multiple languages!). She was well matched with the equally talented Nat Hulskamp on guitar and oud, and master cajon player, Diego Alvarez, among others in the band. Each musician was a virtuoso and had their chance to shine during the performance. Included in this program was flamenco dancer and percussionist, Manuel Gutierrez, who delivered expert and energetic flamenco dance to accompany the ensemble, and it was icing on the cake! We received terrific feedback from our audience members and they warmly cheered Seffarine at the close of the performance, still wanting more. The evening reminded me of my travels to Morocco and made me long for another trip… it was a very special evening indeed.”

     -Rick F. Christophersen, Director, Center for the Arts at El Camino College, Torrance, CA


"The members of Seffarine were wonderful guests at the Hutton Honors College. In particular, the two leads provided wonderful teaching and introduction to the styles of music they perform. They did vital teaching about the instruments they play and the background and education through which they have arrived at this moment of their performance and excellence. Among the students in attendance, was a young Latina woman who dances in traditional Mexican dance genres. She and Manuel, the percussionist and Flamenco dancer, had a warm conversation about the dance genres in which they participate. The musicians/educators were accessible and non-condescending. They shared their enthusiasm and love of the music they play and the instruments that serve them."

   -Zilia C. Balkansky-Sellés, Hutton Honors College at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN