Colombian musician Juanés and R&B singer John Legend came together to take a stand against immigrant detainment this past week!
According to VIBE, both singers put on a surprise show outside the Eloy Detention Center in Eloy while other advocacy groups and family members of detainees protested. “The reason why we’re here, one, is because we want to bear witness to what’s happening so we could tell the world about it,” John said to the audience.
Before they actually performed, John and Juanés were able to tour the detention center and speak to detainees, which Juanés described as a “heartbreaking” experience. “It’s very hard to understand that someone is deprived of their freedom unjustly,” said Juanés, according to ABC. “And that’s why we’re here with our music, with our culture, which is the strongest tool to bring attention and give a voice to those who don’t have one.”
John and Juanés performed Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” together as well as a few of their own songs. The crowd chanted phrases nearby like “Si se puede (Yes we can)” and “Not one more deportation!”
The event was filmed for an upcoming documentary, which will discuss immigrant detainment and mass incarceration.
Check out a bit of their performance below!
— NDLON (@ndlon) January 20, 2016
Image via John Legend/Instagram