November 05, 2011 02:00 PM

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It’s not surprising the son of Alicia Keys and mega producer Swizz Beatz would want to follow in their footsteps; It is surprising that Egypt Daoud is already on his way to being a musician and philanthropist.

“He’s on the drums,” Swizz, 33, told PEOPLE Thursday at Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball, hosted by Keys, the organization’s global ambassador.

“He’s messing with the piano — [Alicia’s] practicing and he comes in and adds a couple keys. It’s fun.”

Although the proud father insists the couple would support any of 1-year-old Egypt’s future aspirations — musical or not — Swizz and Keys are more intent on raising a charitable child.

“For him to be able to see what happens in the world and be able to see different cultures and people and happenings — I think it opens your mind wide up,” says Keys, 30, who has included her son in her philanthropic work long before he was born.

“While I was [in Africa] shooting [a documentary for World AIDS Day], I was pregnant. It was so powerful being there … I thought to myself, ‘Wow, here he is experiencing this and he’s not even here yet,'” she recalls.

The songstress hopes Egypt will, one day, find his own cause to support.

“I think as a compassionate person, which I really want to teach him to be, you naturally want to lend and be a part of change,” Keys explains. “I know that naturally he’ll find the thing that he’s passionate about and wants to change.”

Part of grooming him to be giving is keeping the gifts in their house under control.

“His birthday came [last month] and there are like a hundred, billion, trillion thousand gifts,” she laughs. “That can’t happen for Christmas. I need to figure this out now because he’s not going to be this terror 5-year-old child [shouting], ‘Give me!'”

— Sabrina Ford

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