Alicia Keys, Carole King among 10th Anniversary Black Ball performers

Keep a Child Alive (KCA) CEO Peter Twyman has announced that the 10th Annual Black Ball, taking place on November 7th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, will feature performances by KCA Global Ambassador and event host, Alicia Keys, alongside the legendary Carole King and beloved jazz/R&B artist Roy Ayers. The evening includes additional performances by British soul singer Laura Mvula and opera singer Kathleen Battle.

“This year’s Black Ball is particularly special for all of us at KCA because it’s a celebration of our 10th anniversary,” says Alicia Keys. “It’s incredible the impact that we’ve been able to make since the beginning! I can’t wait to take the stage with musical giants, Carole King and Roy Ayers, for some ridiculously one of a kind performances. We had big dreams for KCA and I’m so proud of everything we’ve been able to accomplish over the last decade. With a lot of heart behind our organization and true support from our global family, KCA is all about giving dignity and care to those who need it most.”

As in the past, this year’s Black Ball will feature unique musical collaborations. KCA has invited back two standout artists from years past including the renowned vibes-man Roy Ayers who performed at the inaugural Black Ball in 2004, and amazing operatic soprano Kathleen Battle who sang alongside Keys at the 2007 Black Ball. Originally slated to perform at last year’s Black Ball, which was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, legendary singer/songwriter Carole King will take the stage. British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, whose critically acclaimed debut Sing To The Moon was just nominated for the coveted Barclaycard Mercury Prize, will also perform.

“I can’t wait to take the stage with musical giants, Carole King and Roy Ayers, for some ridiculously one of a kind performances.”

The evening will not only celebrate a decade of Keep a Child Alive’s bold journey to provide life-saving HIV treatment and care, but will also be a much-needed call to action. While there’s been remarkable success increasing access to HIV treatment over the past decade, there is still a long way to go. Right now, forty-two percent of adults living with HIV still can’t get the treatment they need. Among children, access to HIV treatment remains shockingly low. Seventy-two percent of children living with HIV are not getting the treatment they need to stay alive. Without it, half of these kids will die by the age of two and eighty percent by the age of five. KCA is committed to upholding the human right to health care by expanding access to compassionate care, providing dignified HIV treatment and support for children and families, and sharing successful models widely.

Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball is a star-studded event where celebrity and philanthropy join hand in hand. The evening celebrates the work of Keep a Child Alive and raises millions for children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India. Past performers have included Jay-Z, Adele, David Bowie, Sade, Bono, Jennifer Hudson, Usher and many more incredible artists. This star-studded event has currently raised over $18.5 million for children and families affected by HIV.

Founded in 2003, KCA believes that every person has the right to dignified health care and a future. They support nine grassroots organizations, which provide lifesaving HIV treatment, comprehensive clinical care for children and families affected by HIV in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, and India. Services also include psychosocial support, nutritious food, as well as loving support for children orphaned due to AIDS. To date, local partners have served over 300,000 people.

Author: Rob Perez

Rob Perez is a freelance writer who has been with The Music Universe early on. As a Correspondent for The Music Universe, you will find him writing reviews and live tweeting awards shows.

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