Alicia Keys is bringing Jay-Z and Sade to the seventh annual Black Ball charity concert. The “Doesn’t Mean Anything” singer has announced that all three of them are all set to perform at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on September 30 during the fundraising event organized by her Keep a Child Alive (KCA) organization.
“Sade? Jay-Z? Both icons and both major influences of mine,” the pregnant R& B singer said in a statement. “I am overwhelmed by their generosity in helping us continue the tradition of making the Black Ball the best fundraiser in NYC.” She further promised, “There are more surprises coming up! Stay tuned!”
Last year’s Black Ball was also held in New York. Co-hosted by Alicia, Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi and supermodel Iman, it drew 1,000 guests and raised more than $2 million. Youssou N’Dour, John Mayer and Coldplay’s Chris Martin were some of the performers, while Halle Berry, Mary J. Blige, Nick Cannon and Usher are among the celebrities who came to support the cause.
Co-founded by 29-year-old Alicia, KCA provides financial support to orphan care and clinical centers in countries, such as Rwanda and Uganda, and helps families struggling with HIV/AIDS throughout India and Africa. Since 2004, the organization has raised over $10 million and has helped more than 250,000 people.