U2 Drops New Song Before First Concert in India

The Edge and Bono of U2. Photo by Debby Wong/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (5967109dc)

U2 is heading to India for the first time ever next month on their Joshua Tree Tour 2019 and right before heading there they released their first new song in two years “Ahisma.”

“Ahisma,” which means non-violence in Sanskrit, is a collab with Oscar and Grammy-winning India musician AR Rahman. Rahman is known for his work on the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack and the song “Jai Ho.”

The song “celebrates the spiritual diversity of India and connects the ethos of U2 with the mastery of A.R. Rahman,” which was said in “Ahisma’s” official announcement.

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.”

In addition to “Ahisma,” U2 will release “highlights from U2’s extensive catalog of songs,” remixed by Indian artists (originally reported by Variety).

The band’s The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 started on November 5 and it ends in Mumbai.