Alicia Keys: Africa must know more about AIDS

Published Jun. 10, 2010 1:07 p.m. ET

Hours before singing at the World Cup opening concert, Alicia Keys says Africa needs to know more about AIDS.

The American singer did her bit to spread the message by surrounding herself with journalists at a Johannesburg suburb on Thursday.

She warned that while the west has an economic crisis, Africa is in the throes of a humanitarian one.

The pregnant star said she feels ``extremely blessed and grateful'' to become a mother soon.

Keys will join Colombian pop star Shakira, the Black Eyed Peas and other artists for the World Cup Kickoff Concert on Thursday.

Keys says she is ``excited to be here. I plan to bring a lot of light, love and that's what you'll feel tonight.''