Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Back by popular demand, Seffarine sings, strums and dances at PCC

Photograph of two of Seffarine's group members

Seffarine is a group that includes Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and oud player/flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp. Their repertoire varies from classical Arabic and Andalusian music to original compositions influenced by the music of widely varying cultures, such as Spanish flamenco, classical Persian music, and American jazz. During this particular performance, the group will pause briefly to tell us something about the origins and technical aspects of Flamenco music.

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.