U2 Collaborate With Indian Composer A.R. Rahman on Tranquil Single “Ahimsa”
On Friday, U2 released a new single called “Ahimsa” that’s a collaboration with award-winning Indian composer, A.R. Rahman. The song is based on lullaby-like guitar and keyboards, with introspective lyrics about the power of connection. “This is an invitation/to a high location / For someone who wants to belong,” Bono sings. “This is a meditation / On your radio station / If you like it you can sing along / Ahimsa.” The tune also features Rahman’s daughters Khatija and Raheema singing an ancient hymn. “The concept of ahimsa or non-violence–it’s Indian, it’s South Asian, it’s Buddhist…and sometimes we have to remind people about love, about ahimsa,” Rahman told <i>Rolling Stone India</i>. “It takes a lot of courage to be non-violent. It takes a lot of power. It’s not a weakness, it’s more power than showing might; it’s going beyond that, believing in something else which is not present… something that’s only in your spirit.” U2 are playing their first-ever show in India on December 15.