screenshot from i found you music video couple dancing in a bar

Benny Blanco, Calvin Harris & Miguel Pay Tribute to Immigrants

The music video for “I Found You” by Benny Blanco, Calvin Harris and Miguel follows the story of a Cental American refugee named Nilda.

Benny Blanco and Calvin Harris rereleased “I Found You” with Miguel in an emotional tribute to the plight of immigrants in the US. The video follows the life of a woman named Nilda from Honduras and her son Keyden that leads to them illegally entering the US and being detained.

I cannot say what I believe in/ I finally believe in you/ I’ve traveled many roads/ And I know what road to choose/ Now my world is never changing/ If there’s anything I can do/ Cause I found you…” sings Miguel (Jontel Pimentel) in the remix version of the track.

Harris sang vocals in the original single “I Found You” that was released last November. But that music video was just Blanco dancing around and being weird with friends and family.

 

 

 
 
 
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i started making this video with @jakeschreier in july… it was originally intended to b for my single “i found you” but we quickly realized that this was far too powerful and important to b just another video… this was bigger than us or any song we were making… we found a strong, beautiful, courageous woman named nilda… her and her son keyden have had a very hard year… over a 10 day shooting period in Honduras, Mexico, Texas and NY, we tried our best to bring u their story… i’m crying as i write this bc most of us get to do a few simple things everyday… wake up in our bed… know where our family is… know that it’s possible to call them, see them, or even touch them… not have to wear an anklet around their foot for 2 years as they await asylum…. and not b petrified to b sent back to a country where u know ur life is in constant danger… nilda and keyden don’t have those luxuries… @calvinharris @miguel and i made a different version of “I Found You” and teamed up with @bklyndefender @raicestexas and the @aclu_socal to create the While They Wait fund and help not only nilda and keyden but all other families who have been displaced and our seeking asylum… they are human beings… they deserve a good life… just like u and i… special thanks to: @scotthech @thisiswatt @tingalayo @phil_peterson LINK TO VIDEO IN MY BIO!!!! for more info: http://www.whiletheywait.org/

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On Instagram Blanco stated, “i started making this video with @jakeschreier in july… it was originally intended to b for my single “i found you” but we quickly realized that this was far too powerful and important to b just another video… this was bigger than us or any song we were making… we found a strong, beautiful, courageous woman named nilda… her and her son keyden have had a very hard year… over a 10 day shooting period in Honduras, Mexico, Texas and NY, we tried our best to bring u their story… i’m crying as i write this bc most of us get to do a few simple things everyday… wake up in our bed… know where our family is… know that it’s possible to call them, see them, or even touch them… not have to wear an anklet around their foot for 2 years as they await asylum…. and not b petrified to b sent back to a country where u…” (sic).

Today Nilda is living in New York waiting for the results of her application for asylum. The single mother was separated from her son Keyden for months. After being in detention she now has to wear an ankle monitor. But her story is being told by the While They Wait foundation.

To learn more about how you can help immigrants with basic needs and legal representation, visit the official website of While They Wait.

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Elizabeth de Moya has contributed to DJ Mag, DJ TechTools, LA Weekly and Thump (Vice). She has a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley.