Nas to donate ticket funds to Amy Winehouse Foundation

Rapper will give £1 of every ticket sold at London 02 show to singer's charity

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Nas has vowed to donate money from the sales of tickets from his forthcoming London gig to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

The rapper has revealed that he will donate £1 from every ticket sold for his London O2 Arena gig in March next year to the late singer's charity, which was set up in 2011 to help vulnerable people in the UK.

Amy's dad, Mitch Winehouse, confirmed to The Sun: "Nas has announced that £1 from every ticket sold for his London concert taking place at the 02 on 19th March 2013 will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Amy and Nas had a special relationship and he will also be at our New York Gala event on 21st March 2013."

Nas and Amy Winehouse met after being introduced by 'Back To Black' producer Salaam Remi in 2008. They collaborated on 'Like Smoke', which appeared on the singer's posthumous number one album 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures'.

The rapper also included another track, recorded from the same 2008 recording sessions, on his new album 'Life Is Good'. The song, titled 'Cherry Wine', was accompanied with a video where Winehouse appears projected against a wall.

Speaking about his relationship with Winehouse, Nas said he treated the singer as though she was his sister. "Amy and I share a birthday," he said, "she was just so much fun to be around. She would say things about well-known people in the industry that she didn't like and it would just crack me up… We were all hoping she would pull through and come back."

On November 12 'Amy Winehouse At The BBC', the new posthumous Amy Winehouse boxset, will be released. Three of the four discs are compilations of live performances on DVD and the other is a live CD album. It includes a selection of performances from Live At Jools Holland, a number of tracks filmed at T In The Park and other festivals and the documentary Amy Winehouse - The Day She Came To Dingle.

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