U2 and A.R. Rahman together for a full messages song
There are many artists who have found inner peace in India or near Indian artists. The U2 band came out of this experience with a song as well. The song is titled “Ahimsa” and is a meditative ballad that was born thanks to the collaboration between prominent Irish band and Indian singer A.R. Rahman.
The word “Ahimsa” comes from Sanskrit and means respect for all living and avoiding violence. The song is sung in English, Sanskrit and Tamil. The song listens to Bono, A.R. Rahman as well as his daughters Khatija and Raheema.
On the cover of this song are Bono’s handwritten verses. With the release of the song the band also announced its first concert in India. The band had a two year break from their last album. Traveling to India seems to be a deeply felt and meditative one that could possibly give birth to an album as well.
According to Rolling Stone magazine, the Indian singer said the song is the concept of a non-violent society.
This concept is born of Indian culture, South Asia and Buddhism. Rahman has become internationally known for composing the 2009 movie Slumdog Millionaire.
This creation also brought him two Oscars for best songwriting and best song (“Jai Ho”).
U2 band guitarist The Edge said he was a fan of Rahman and that collaborating with him was a “bliss”.
The song is getting popular and the U2 band is continuing their tour of New Zealand. In a concert series entitled “Joshua Tree Tour” the band celebrates their 1987 album of the same name.
In addition to India, the group will travel to Singapore, South Korea and the Philippines for the first time.