The Black Ball 2005

Alicia Keys did it again! On November 3rd, 2005, Keep A Child Alive held it’s annual fundraiser. This year titled the Black Ball, was held at Jazz at Lincoln center and presented by TIME Magazine as its highlight to its Global Health Summit. KCA raised over 1 million dollars with the help of its Black Ball sponsors.

Hard to believe that anything could top last year’s performances but Alicia outdid herself. She teamed up with such amazing talent it’s hard to imagine such a night. Unforgettable duets include – “Who Knows” and “With A Little Help From My Friends” with John Mayer, “Homeless” with Paul Simon and the Children from Agape, “African Woman” with Baaba Maal, Common, “If I Ain’t Got You” and “I Can’t Help You” with and Usher, and “Afrika” with Angelique Kidjo. Alicia rocked the house with Common and Femi Kuti singing “Jesus’ Children” as well.

One of the highlights of the evening, however, was the unannounced duet between Alicia and the rock superstar, Bono. Bringing together Bono and Alicia, two committed artists with their own organizations that focus on the same issue was a moment of genius that was waiting to happen. Their rendition of Peter Gabriel’s “Don’t Give Up” moved the audience so deeply that the artists have agreed to let iTunes release it exclusively as a download on December 6th and Cingular as a master ringtone for release on December 1st World AIDS Day with the proceeds happily coming to Keep A Child Alive.

The Black Ball 2005