U2 Release New Song “Ahisma” Before Heading to India

The Edge and Bono of U2 at iHeartRadio Music Festival in 2016
The Edge and Bono of U2 at iHeartRadio Music Festival in 2016. Photo by Debby Wong/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (5967109dc)

U2 released their first single in two years with Oscar and Grammy-winning Indian musician AR Rahman, just before the band’s first-ever visit to India next month on their Joshua Tree Tour 2019.

Rahman is best known for his work on the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack and the song “Jai Ho.”

The song’s announcement states that “Ahisma,” which is Sanskrit for non-violence, “celebrates the spiritual diversity of India and connects the ethos of U2 with the mastery of A.R. Rahman.”

Rahman said: “Ahimsa requires courage and strength. A quality that is impervious to weapons or power. It’s a mission which is most needed to heal the modern world and it is incredible timing to collaborate with U2, with their amazing legacy, to revive this movement.”

Variety also reported that the band will release “highlights from U2’s extensive catalog of songs,” which will be remixed by local Indian artists.

The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 began on November 5 and it will conclude in Mumbai.