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Alicia Keys teases new songs at small show ahead of art fair

Published:Friday | December 3, 2021 | 12:09 AM


R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys guided a few hundred people at a small show in Miami through a 10-minute meditation before asking them to make some choices.

Keys wanted concertgoers gathering for an immersive exhibit on the eve of Art Basel Miami Beach to listen to her new material and then pick either the relaxing piano versions the Grammy-winning artiste is best known for or the more-produced tracks with a different beat for the same songs.

“I say that’s even,” said Keys, seemingly surprised after singing and then playing bits of Is it Insane, a jazzy and melancholic tune. The three songs she teased will appear on her new album, which is being released on December 10 with two versions she is calling Originals and Unlocked, produced by Mike WiLL Made-It.

Wearing a long tail yellow dress, Keys headlined an experiential art show at Superblue Miami, appearing as one of the main performers trekking down to Miami for the international art fair that runs from Thursday to Saturday.

Rapper Tinie Tempah was among the artistes attending the “secret” Alicia Keys concert at a dark space with sunflowers were projected on the walls. The previous night celebrity attendees at a Louis Vuitton’s fashion show included Maluma, Pharrell and Joe Jonas.

Keys and her husband, producer Swizz Beatz, are no strangers to the art fair, having supported struggling artists allowing them to keep 100 per cent of their commissions from the show.