New York, NY // November 22, 2019 – To mark U2’s first-ever visit to India, Island Records today announced the release of a new track titled ‘Ahimsa’ from U2 and legendary composer A.R. Rahman. Available to stream now on JioSaavn and all streaming platforms’.
‘Ahimsa’ – the Sanskrit word for non-violence – celebrates the spiritual diversity of India and connects the ethos of U2 with the mastery of A.R. Rahman. The collaboration comes less than one month ahead of U2’s first-ever show in India with the arrival of The Joshua Tree Tour in Mumbai on December 15 2019.
A.R. 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.”
U2 guitarist The Edge said – “It has been an absolute joy to work with A.R. on this track. A superstar and a talent both towering and generous, we are especially excited to visit his homeland in just a few weeks. India has been on our bucket list for a very long time, the principles of ahimsa or non-violence have served as an important pillar of what our band stands for since we first came together to play music. We can’t wait to experience the culture of India first hand, a place that brings together the modern and the ancient all at once.”
Bono said – “The fight against injustice has always been so important to us. We were somewhat shaped and formed by Martin Luther King, who was a student of Mahatma Gandhi. Martin Luther King said ‘The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice….’. I don’t believe that any more… It doesn’t bend towards justice, it has to be inclined towards justice. We have to be actively involved in our democracy to preserve it and show people how we feel and what we care about… We come as students to the source of inspiration… That is ahimsa… non-violence… India gave this to us… the greatest gift to the world… It is more powerful than nuclear energy, the armies, the navies, the British Empire. It is power itself. And it’s never been more important.”
The collaboration sees U2 and A.R. Rahman, two of the most prominent artists in the world, come together with JioSaavn, the largest music streaming service and development platform for South Asian music and artists, to bring brand new music to fans new and old across India.
Rishi Malhotra, Co-founder & CEO, of JioSaavn, said – “We hold a firm belief that music is culture — it’s art and action coming together to shape mindsets, positive change, and ultimately generations. Great music always carries a real message. It’s our honour to bring ‘Ahimsa’ to the world, from India, with love. Working with U2, A.R. Rahman and their teams is the experience of a lifetime. To make great music, move people, and leave a legacy of hope is a living dream for all of us at JioSaavn,”
U2 manager Guy Oseary said – “Collaborating with the JioSaavn team on the very special U2 and A.R. Rahman track ‘Ahimsa’ ahead of the band’s coming to India for the first show in Mumbai, has been an exceptional experience. I’ve been a believer in JioSaavn since first meeting Rishi nearly 5 years ago. I’ve always loved their unique vision for artists who want to reach their next hundred million listeners.”
2019 will also see the release of four highlights from U2’s extensive catalogue of songs, remixed by local Indian artists and available via JioSaavn and all streaming platforms.
Stream ‘Ahimsa’ on JioSaavn today.