Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 11/26/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
MANILA, Philippines -- Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys visited a Philippine air force base Monday to bring cheer to hundreds of evacuees from eastern provinces wracked by Typhoon Haiyan.
The American singer distributed crayons and colouring books to children at the Villamor Air Base grandstand, where evacuees from eastern Leyte and Samar provinces arrive via C-130 planes.
Social Welfare Department officer Jane Abello says Keys stayed for about half an hour to chat with evacuees.
The R&B star was in Manila for a concert Monday at the seaside MOA Arena.
The Philippine Star earlier quoted her as saying that "music has a way of lifting your spirit and that's what I hope to do for the Filipino people."
Keys tweeted three days after the Nov. 8 typhoon: "To the people of the Philippines my heart is with you."
She also encouraged fans around the world to donate to the typhoon victims.
Dozens of top stars have donated songs to an album aimed at raising funds for typhoon disaster relief.
Songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Beyoncé, U2 and Bruno Mars are among the 39 donated to Songs for the Philippines, available for purchase Monday at iTunes and for streaming on iTunes Radio.
The artists, record companies and music publishers have agreed to donate all proceeds. The money will go the Philippines Red Cross.
Thousands were killed, injured and displaced by Typhoon Haiyan earlier this month and officials have struggled to keep up with humanitarian aid demands.
The compilation album has a little of everything, from the disturbing images of a live version of Eminem's Stan to the calming effect of The Beatles' Let It Be.
-- The Associated Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 26, 2013 C2
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