Mohammed El Arabi-Serghini
Mohammed El Arabi-Serghini was born in Tangier in Morocco and began studying vocals in Zawiya (Islamic monastery) and later at the Tangier Conservatory, where he became the first soloist singer of the Conservatory Orchestra. In 1992 and 1993, he won the Premio Nacional de Música Sufí award with the group Sheik Mohammed El Mehdi Temsamani. Mohammed is a specialist on Andalusian music and plays the ‘kamenjah’ or Andalusian violin (a violin played on the knee) plus various other percussion instruments. In 1994, Mohammed began working together with Eduardo Paniagua on recordings and concerts and also, with the Spanish-Moroccan Ibn Báya Ensemble. Further collaborations included the Swiss Trio Fontane Ensemble. His own ensemble goes by the name EL ARABí. In 2005, Mohammed El Arabi-Serghini produced the soundtrack for the film Kingdom of Heaven by Ridley Scott. His first collaboration with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui was in 2009 in conjunction with the production of Cherkaoui’s contemporary dance piece together with the internationally renowned flamenco dancer María Pagés.