Keys in the Songs of Life as Alicia sets Dubai on Fire

Alicia Keys brought her Set the World on Fire tour to Dubai and proved that’s exactly what she’s doing. The show at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on Friday night was a showcase of the Grammy Award-winner’s musical prowess in every sense.

A statement white grand piano serving as the focal point of a minimalist set, Keys sang her way through an extensive catalogue of old and new hits from the past decade.

A full band, backing singers and four male dancers – along with Keys’s trademark thrills and improvisation – made for an unquestionable 100 per cent live performance.

Keys is all about the music and left the stage just once for less than five minutes to reapply her striking red lipstick, leaving her more than capable backing singers in charge. There were no set or costume changes for the entire 90-minute performance – just Keys, her piano, passion and music.
A packed amphitheatre roared as the lights went down and a single spotlight picked out Keys holding her signature pose: legs bent, one hand on hip, the other holding the microphone high above her face and head tilted back, two words – New York – amped an already-electric atmosphere another notch. A taste of Empire State of Mind flowed seamlessly into a techno-edged version of Karma and the show was officially on.