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Origin Sderot, Israel
Genres Rock, Pop, Mizrahi
Years active 1985-1998
Past members Sami Lazmi
Haim Ulliel
Haim Ohana
Eli Ulliel
Yaakov Uzan

Sfatayim (Hebrew: שפתיים‎‎, [sfaˈtajim], "lips") was a rock band from Sderot, Israel. The band is considered to have consolidated an Israeli Moroccan style, blending the music of the mostly Moroccan immigrants of Sderot with international rock.[1][2][3] The lead singer was Haïm Ulliel.[4]

Keyboardist Yaakov Uzan started a band called HaHotzaa LaPoal (The Executioner) in 1988. In 1990, he renamed the group to Teapacks and himself to Kobi Oz. In 2016, he wrote the song Avodot kapayim about his time in Sfatayim, which also became the title track of the Teapacks album released that year.


  1. ^ Galit Saada-Ophir (7 Jan 2008). "Borderland Pop: Arab Jewish Musicians and the Politics of Performance". Cultural Anthropology. 21 (2): 205–233. doi:10.1525/can.2006.21.2.205. 
  2. ^ Kobi Ben-Simhon (8 November 2007). "Sounds from another country". Haaretz. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Matt Rees (2004). Cain's Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East. Simon and Schuster. pp. 261–2. 
  4. ^ Anton La Guardia (2003). War Without End: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle for a Promised Land. Macmillan. p. 249.