Tuesday, 22 June 2010
ALICIA KEYS AND SWIZZ BEATS GET TRADITIONAL BLESSING IN SOUTH AFRICA
Alicia Keys had her unborn child blessed in a traditional Zulu ceremony while in South Africa for the World Cup.
The Grammy award-winning singer, who is around five months pregnant, joined hands with music producer fiancé Swizz Beatz for the outdoor blessing near Durban, on the country's eastern coast, Daily Mail reports.
'Two female priests who practise a mix of Christianity and tribal customs chose new names for her and the unborn child, as a mark of respect. The names were kept between them, but were chosen to reflect Alicia's character.
'Alicia had to do a special dance with drums banging in the background, and was embraced by abused children who she has helped. She was chosen for the ceremony as a thank-you, because she has done a lot to keep children's lives afloat and for us to afford our support staff.
'Her partner came too - he held her hand and helped her sit down when she needed rest.'
Alicia's mother and brother were among a crowd of around 50 people who watched her by the tree where Bobbi Bear runs a weekly HIV clinic.