R+B star Alicia Keys was moved to tears during a visit to an American school on Thursday (31MAR05) - because the pupils celebrated their African heritage by singing in Swahili and wearing traditional kente clothes.

The GRAMMY AWARD winner visited Chicago's Betty Shabazz International Charter School - a public school which has an Afrocentric curriculum - to support the FRUM THA GROUND UP project, which aims to make Afro-American children proud of their African roots and culture.

And she was overwhelmed when 300 pupils performed a traditional song for her.

She told them, "I am honoured to be here today with you celebrating me as I am celebrating you.

"To see a place that's really connected to something, holds onto traditions, I've never seen that anywhere."

04/04/2005 14:22