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Pop stars perform at Great Wall
Updated: 2004-09-27 08:59

Singers, from left, Nelly McKay, Cindy Lauper, Alicia Keys and Sylvia Tosun wave during a meet-the-press event in Beijing, Sept. 23, 2004. The performers are to stage a concert on the Great Wall of China Saturday to support a Chinese children's charity. [AP]

Alicia Keys, Nellie McKay and Cyndi Lauper brought modern pop music to an ancient setting, performing for thousands of Chinese fans at the foot of the Great Wall.

It is the first foreign concert at the Great Wall.
Also on the bill Saturday night were Boyz II Men and vocalist Sylvia Tosun.

Keys wore a leather jacket and a hat pulled low over her face as she performed eight songs on a stage beside one the wall's immense gatehouses north of the Chinese capital. The singer and pianist took the stage carrying a cane.

"Thank you for having me at the Great Wall," she said as Chinese fans cheered.

Organizers described the concert as the first by foreign musicians at the wall, though British disk jockey Paul Oakenfold performed there last year and later released an album of the show.

Some of the proceeds were to go to a Chinese children's charity, promoters said.

Despite the chilly autumn evening, Lauper performed part of her set barefoot.

She descended from the stage and into the audience at one point, causing a brief flurry as spectators stood up to see her and Chinese police ordered them to sit down.

Tosun was joined by a children's choir as she sang a traditional Chinese song, "Jasmine."

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