U2 is going to India for the very first time in the band's storied career next month. To commemorate the event, the group collaborated with composer A.R. Rahman on a new song, "Ahimsa." Listen to it below.
"We were somewhat shaped and formed by Martin Luther King who was a student of Mahatma Gandhi," Bono said about the song in a press statement. "Martin Luther King said, 'The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice….' I don't believe that anymore… It doesn't bend towards justice, it has to be bent 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 navy's, the British Empire. It is power itself. And it's never been more important.”
"A superstar and a talent both towering and generous, we are especially excited to visit his homeland in just a few weeks," added the Edge about working with Rahman. "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.”
U2 will perform at Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium, on Dec. 15.