Our very own Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale were the set openers at Alicia Keys’ Black Ball for the Keep A Child Alive Foundation on November 3, 2011 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. They set the ball rolling for a star studded tribute to George Harrison with their interpretation of the all time Beatles classic Within You Without You. The long trance-like improvisation was followed by Keys herself and rap artist Jay Sean rendering a duet version of Something.
Alicia Keys and Gary Clark Jr. did their version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, while Norah Jones started out with I Don’t Know Why and then went on to a duet with Keys on Harrison’s Isn’t It a Pity. Usher sang some of his rap hits before joining Ritchie Sambora and Keys to do Here Comes the Sun. Keys also did a minimalistic and soulful version of My Sweet Lord. Will.i.am performed songs like I Got a Feeling and Where is The Love along with Alicia Keys.
Guests for the heavily India flavored evening included Olivia Harrison, Padma Lakshmi, Tyra Banks, Serena Williams and Queen Latifah. The proceeds of the evening will go towards Alicia Keys charity, Keep A Child Alive Foundation, which works with HIV positive children in India and Africa.