29 Jul 2010

Condi and Aretha together on stage at benefit event

6:15 am on 29 July 2010

Concert-goers in Philadephia have been entertained by former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Aretha Franklin performing together on stage.

Ms Rice, who is a classically trained pianist, played a Mozart concerto and accompanied the 'Queen of Soul' on two of her hit songs:

The event was to raise money for underprivileged children and awareness for music and the arts.

Ms Rice played piano while Franklin sang I Say A Little Prayer and My Country 'Tis of Thee.

The BBC reports they met at a White House function. Ms Rice was President George W Bush's top diplomat and Franklin is a Democratic party supporter who played at President Barack Obama's inauguration.