Rock Band U2’s lead singer and fellow AIDS Activist Bono said that Keys has “lioness energy” and that her role as a new mother won’t allow her to “let other mothers suffer.”
He made the comments at the premiere of “Keep a Child Alive with Alicia Keys,” a documentary which followed a visit to South Africa during last year’s World Cup with a pregnant Keys and five Americans. It airs on Showtime Dec. 1, which is World AIDS Day.
Keys started her charity, Keep a Child Alive, in 2003. It assists those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.
She says she hopes the film reaches out to those who want to help, but can’t make it to Africa.
“Even if you never have been able to travel there, or if you never can, that doesn’t mean you can’t travel with us and really see it for yourself,” she said.
Bono says Keys has what it takes to make a difference in Africa, and around the world. “Everyone’s got heart, but actually you have to have the head for this,” he said. “You have to be tough and strategic, you have to be demanding, (and) the money has to be spent well.” If the money isn’t spent well, he said, people get annoyed, “and so all these things take a certain intellectual rigor.”
Keys is also celebrating another new project. She composed music for the Broadway play “Stick Fly,” which debuts next week.