Last week Alice Walker penned a letter to Alicia Keys urging her to cancel her concert in Tel Aviv. In her letter, Walker wrote, “I believe we are mutually respectful of each other’s path and work.” Ms. Walker continued: “It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in danger (soul danger) by performing in an apartheid country that is being boycotted by many global conscious artists.”
Despite letters, petitions and various complaints, Alicia Keys is not backing down and canceling the performance in Israel.
In a statement to the New York Times, the 33-year-old singer said, “I look forward to my first visit to Israel. Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show.”