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Hannah Eggen (Photograph supplied)

If you’re looking for live music, head west.

Under the title Soulful Sundays, Buna Gallery is offering “musical culture at its best”. On the line-up this weekend: Hannah Eggen, Arijahknow Live Wires and the King’s Band, Korie Minors and Brixx.

As there have been limited live performances since the pandemic started in March 2020, the event is likely to be welcomed by music lovers, believes Hannah, who will perform and also host the show at Dana Selassie’s Sandys “hotspot”.

“It’s such an important thing. I see how people are so hungry for that live entertainment, just that interaction again with music and art and the community in general. So I know people are really excited about it and this Sunday is going to be amazing.

“I think [the artists] are excited to show what they've been doing during the pandemic. They’re excited to reach out and reconnect with people. I think people are so tired of being inside so it's a good time to get to know new people and make some music.”

Singer Brixx will perform at Buna Gallery and Coffee House on Sunday (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The singer/songwriter only recently returned to the island having spent the past two years in the US pursuing a solo career.

“I've been going back and forth as much as I can while working in California. And I have recently made the decision to move back home and in doing that, I've been working with Dana and she's really welcomed me with open arms and we've come up with some really amazing ideas and things for the future of the arts in Bermuda,” Hannah said.

Arijahknow Live Wires (left) and Hannah Eggen will perform at Buna Gallery and Coffee House on Sunday night (Photograph supplied)

As for her own music, she has a handful of projects keeping her busy. One that she is particularly excited about is Bermudaful.

“It's just music I've been writing since I picked up the guitar. It's just about me and my life and experiences that I've seen people go through. Most of it is a reflection of my upbringing in Bermuda and just the essence of who I have been brought up to be,” said Hannah whose last single, I Can’t Breathe, came out in 2021.

“My manager, Madeline Nelson, she loves the storytelling and, I guess, the quirkiness of what I bring musically.”

Soulful Sundays has been billed as “a must-see” for visitors looking to experience the island’s culture.

“This is also a hotspot for Bermudians and residents who want to experience quality live entertainment in a cool, relaxed setting – and shake a leg or two.”

As host, Hannah is looking forward to interviewing the scheduled entertainers about their work and sharing bits of herself with the audience.

“I like to give little titbits of what I'm on,” she said. “I just came back from New York and I have been working with some amazing Jamaican artists up there although I don’t want to give their names yet, but I might just let people hear what I'm working on.

“This is my first time that I'll be hearing Brixx perform and I’m excited. I know that she is an amazing artist. I’ve heard great things about her. Live Wires always puts on a great show; he's so lively and amazing. I love working with his band, The Kings Band.

Hannah Eggen (Photograph supplied)

“And then I am performing, just in between acts, but I'll have a set for sure.”

Having grown up in “a musical family” she never considered anything else as a career, Hannah said. As such, when the pandemic prevented live entertainment from happening it never crossed her mind that she might work in a different field.

“You know, and that's the funny thing about being an artist, I don't have a Plan B. During the pandemic, the thing about being an entrepreneur, you had to be able to pivot, and I'm a pivot queen. So during the pandemic, it turned more into online performances, networking with different producers around the world online. Everyone was on their phone; everyone was on the computer, it was a good time to network via social media and reach out that way. But it was never, never in my mind to quit. It's always a pivot, to do what I can do with what I have.”

Musicians interested in performing should reach out on Instagram: @bunagalleryand coffee or @hannah_eggen.

Advance tickets for Soulful Sundays are $45 and available at www.hook.bm or info@bunagalleryandcoffee.com. Tickets are available at the door for $50. The show starts at 7pm

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Published February 25, 2022 at 8:00 am (Updated February 25, 2022 at 8:02 am)

Soulful Sundays at Buna Gallery

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