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  • Special attraction: Naphisa, left, and Sari Smith entertain passers-by on Reid Street’s Busking Village, part of the entertainment around the America’s Cup (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Special attraction: Naphisa, left, and Sari Smith entertain passers-by on Reid Street’s Busking Village, part of the entertainment around the America’s Cup (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

  • Special attraction: Naphisa, left, and Sari Smith entertain passers-by on Reid Street’s Busking Village, part of the entertainment around the America’s Cup (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Special attraction: Naphisa, left, and Sari Smith entertain passers-by on Reid Street’s Busking Village, part of the entertainment around the America’s Cup (Photograph by Akil Simmons)


Naphisa and Sari Smith are dedicated to musical performance.

So much, in fact, that the sisters took to Reid Street to busk for passers-by on Tuesday morning. Naphisa, 16, and Sari, 13, are members of the Corporation of Hamilton’s busker programme, an initiative allowing artists to express their talents around the city.

The project transformed newly established reading booths into makeshift music venues, and treated Reid Street pedestrians to musical performances.

Naphisa and Sari, of Pembroke, have been studying violin at the Bermuda School of Music since they were 4.

They told The Royal Gazette busking had served as useful practice time and helped them to overcome the shock of playing a new piece for a crowd — as well as enabling them to collect donations from members of the public.

“It’s basically like performing, and it helps my nervousness when I have to play concerts,” Naphisa said.

Naphisa and Sari busk on their own time, and also performed outside of Washington Mall two weeks ago.

On weekdays, they are able to hit town at the busy lunchtime because they are home-schooled by their mother.

And although they’ve now busked for about a year, their performances are still bringing a refreshing vibe to the city.

“People get excited because they’ve never seen it before,” Naphisa said.

Sari added: “People don’t always see this in Bermuda; they usually see it in New York or something.”

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