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Black Ball benefit concert raises $3 million for HIV/AIDS aid in Africa

November 4, 2011 |  6:22 pm

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The annual Black Ball benefit concert in New York raised more than $3 million for children and families in Africa and India who are affected by HIV/AIDS.

The eighth Keep a Child Alive event included performances by Black Ball co-founder Alicia Keys and guests Usher, Norah Jones, will.i.am and others singing songs by former Beatle George Harrison, who was saluted on the 40th anniversary of the Concert for Bangladesh, the first rock music superstar benefit concert.

“I am overwhelmed by the kindness I saw last night,” Keys said in a statement issued Friday.

Keep a Child Alive started in 2003 and has generated more than $17 million and served more than 250,000 people through 11 clinical and orphan centers in South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and India.


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Photo: Alicia Keys and her producer-husband Swizz Beats at the Keep A Child Alive Black Ball on Thursday in New York. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press