U2 released “Ahimsa”, the first single in two years, in collaboration with the Indian musician AR Rahman


Next month, on December 15, U2 will perform for the first time in India, Mumbai, in the “The Joshua Tree” anniversary tournament.

Rahman is a prolific film music composer, known especially for the soundtrack to “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), and the song “Jai Ho” was awarded an Oscar and two Grammy trophies.

By “Ahimsa”, which in Sanskrit means “nonviolence”, musicians celebrate the spiritual diversity of India. The song is available for download.

“Ahimsa requires courage and strength. It is a mission needed to heal the modern world and is an incredible time to work with U2, ”said Rahman in a statement quoted by Variety.

The Edge guitarist added: “India has been on our list for a long time. The ahimsa principles have been an important pillar in the belief of our band since we started making music. ”

Soloist Bono said: “The fight against injustice has always been very important to us. We were somehow shaped and trained by Martin Luther King, who was a student of Mahatma Gandhi. Martin Luther King said: “The arc of morality in the universe is long, but it bends to justice” … I don’t believe that anymore. It does not go to justice, it must be directed to justice. We must be actively involved in our democracy, to preserve it ”.

By the end of this year, as announced, the band will release four pieces from the catalog remixed by Indian artists.

This year’s “The Joshua Tree” tournament began on November 5 and covers Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea (Seoul), Philippines (Manila) and India (Mumbai).

So far, the European, North and South American segments of this tour, which included 50 concerts, through which U2 marks 30 years since the release of the eponymous album, has generated revenues of $ 316 million.

The most recent album released by the Irish band, “Songs of Experience”, 14th, was released in 2017.

The Irish U2 band, established in 1976 in Dublin, consists of soloist Bono (Paul Hewson), guitarist The Edge (David Evans), bassist Adam Clayton, and drummer Larry Mullen Jr.. but it subsequently evolved and incorporated influences from many other genres. The studio albums of the band, including “The Joshua Tree” (1987), “Achtung Baby” (1991), “Pop” (1997), “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” (2000) and “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb ”(2004), have been sold to over 170 million children worldwide.

The U2 band has been 46 times Grammy nominated and has won 22 awards – more than any other band in the world – and was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.


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