The Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 E. Main St., Hillsboro) presents Seffarine, featuring soulful Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki, flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp, and an international blend of melodies. Seffarine will deliver their original and intoxicating sound, described by “Bass Player Magazine” as a “gorgeous intersection” of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern genres and culture, on Friday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 advance or $22 the day of the performance.
Placing in top charts for world music, Seffarine’s sound embraces and extends Naki’s rich heritage, spanning Moorish Spain to the Sahara, by incorporating the grooves of acclaimed bassist Damian Erskine, Persian master multi-instrumentalist Bobak Salehi, and percussionist Manavihare Fiaindratovo. Along with traditional Arabic and Andalusian music, their repertoire includes original compositions influenced by widely varying cultures, including Spanish flamenco, classical Persian, and American jazz. Scott Steven of “SoundRoots” describes Seffarine’s performance as “an ear-caressing blend of sounds from Spain and North Africa, spiced with a bit of fiery instrumentation and percussion.”
Seffarine takes their name from the ancient metalworking square in Naki’s home city of Fes, Morocco. Her family is well known in the square as master metalworkers, carrying on ancient tradition. The square dates back to the 9th century and is famous for the complex rhythms that ring out from the blacksmiths’ hammers. Seffarine channels the complex cultural histories of Fes into their compositions, to wide acclaim. Their album, “De Fez a Jerez,” recorded in Spain and Portland, was included in the Transglobal World Music Charts top 20 world music releases by a panel of 43 world music experts, and was named one of the “best African albums of 2015” by prestigious African music blog “Afribuku.”
More information about this performance and the 2018-19 Concert Series is available at Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/