Hundreds Of Choir Singers Stage U.S.-Mexico Border Sing-A-Long On Both Sides Of Barrier: 'Music Knows No Boundaries'

Hundreds of choir singers joined Canadian music group Choir! Choir! Choir! in a sing-a-long across both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday in a bid to bring people on both sides of the barrier together.

Video of the event live-streamed on Facebook shows singers on both sides of the border coming together to sing "With A Little Help From My Friends" by The Beatles.

The initiative was led by the two founders of the Toronto-based choir group, with Daveed Goldman leading the sing-a-long on the U.S. side of the border at Border Field State Park in San Diego, California, while Nobu Adilman conducted the singing on the Mexican side of the border in Tijuana.

A Facebook event page for the initiative states that at least 120 people attended the sing-a-long, however, it is unclear exactly how many were actually in attendance. Newsweek has contacted Choir! Choir! Choir! for comment.

According to the event page, the sing-a-long saw "singers of all levels" united on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border" to "celebrate the unique friendship, culture, and community we share in the border region of San Diego and Tijuana."

"There are few places on earth so scenic where you can gather people from two countries at once to create beautiful music together and share in how special it is to be in this particular place in the world," Choir! Choir! Choir!'s Facebook post said. "While we will be divided by the physical border, music knows no boundaries and our voices together will transcend barriers."

Meanwhile, in a video promoting the sing-a-long, Adilman said he hoped that people would "get super inspired" by the performance, which the event organizers hoped would bring people together to "sing together across a border and spread that love."

"This makes me cry. So beautiful," said one viewer, while another praised the event organizers for sending "such an important message to the world."

In an interview with The Canadian Press ahead of the event, Adilman made clear that organizers were not trying to make a "political" statement.

"The event is about communication, it's about keeping doors open and keeping the conversation going," he said. "We're better when we come together to celebrate each other, and just the simple act of singing together is a jumping-off point for so many beautiful ways to connect, beyond the singing."

While the Toronto-based organizers may not have wished to send a political message, the initiative does come at a time when the U.S.-Mexico border is a central focus of U.S. policy and political debate.

The Trump administration has faced widespread backlash from immigration and rights advocacy groups, as well as from politicians, including, at times, from across both sides of the aisle, over its hardline immigration crackdown at the border and across the country.

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Children from the Anapra area observe a binational prayer performed by a group of religious presbyters on the border wall between Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico, US, on May 3, 2018. Hundreds of choir singers joined on both sides of the border on Sunday in a sing-a-long of The Beatles' 'With a Little Help from My Friends'. HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty