Musical choices: new Alicia Keys album, The Peatix Online Event Festival and Beyond The Label Fest, Entertainment News & Top Stories


The Peatix online ticketing platform marks the launch of its Peatix Live streaming feature – which allows event planners to create live paid online experiences – with a 12-hour music and lifestyle festival on Saturday September 26.

Singaporean and Malaysian artists, such as local psych-rock band Beakers in Space and reggae artist Masia One, are on the lineup.

Masia One will perform tracks from her upcoming EP Freedom Fades (7-8 p.m.) in a segment that includes discussions with producers and songwriters from around the world.

There’s also a capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art) workout, beat box workshop, and virtual tarot card reading workout.

OR: Website

WHEN: Saturday (September 26), 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

ADMISSION: $ 35 for an all-access festival pass


Eugène Yip of MICapella. PHOTO: MUSIC COLLECTIVE AT 3:00 AM

Watch Singaporean singers Kit Chan, Stefanie Sun and Taufik Batisah perform as part of Beyond The Label Fest 2020, a virtual festival that supports mental wellness.

Hosted by singers Benjamin Kheng and Inch Chua on Facebook Live, the concert will also feature the debuts of songs that trace the emotional journey of a person with mental illness and promote mental health.

The tunes are from 3am Music Collective – a group of musicians including Beverly Morata, Jack and Rai, Eugene Yip of MICapella, Leslie Tan and Yu-Ying Ng of the T’ang Quartet.

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WHEN: Sunday (September 27), 8 p.m.


Alicia Keys’ sound is infused with freshness, mainly through her collaborators. PHOTO: RCA


Alicia Keys


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Like many of her fellow musicians, American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys also released a record reflecting the era.

Whether she is calling out for young teachers, medical students and “single mothers waiting for a check to come” on Underdog, or speaking out against police brutality on Perfect Way To Die – a ballad for piano written from the perspective of a grieving mother whose son has been shot by police – Keys’ work on her seventh album is timely.

But nothing ever seems too heavy or weary in the world. Instead, she does what she does best – warm, hopeful, and uplifting.

“Because the world needs love, don’t we all know that,” she sings on Jill Scott, a fan-girl tribute to the American neo-soul singer where Keys channels him and Scott’s style. even makes an appearance on it.

Two decades after his R & B / pop debut, Keys’ sound is infused with freshness, mainly thanks to his collaborators.

The striking tone of British singer Sampha compensates for Keys’ pretty vocals on slow-burning 3 Hour Drive, while the pulsating Me x 7 plays the original, choppy flow of American rapper Tierra Whack.

Ultimately, it’s harmless and accessible music to recharge and take a break.

“We are all in this boat forever, and we are sailing into the future and all is well,” she sings on Authors Of Forever, offering a ray of hope to the listener tired by the pandemic.


Willie J. Johnson

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