West Ham United FC played its final game at the Boleyn on Tuesday night (10 May). It was supposed to be a massive party, a celebration of 112 years and 2,398 games at the ground. But before the first ball was kicked a mini riot took place.
The protest song is back and its return can be dated precisely to 9 August 2014. On that day a police officer shot and murdered an 18 year old black man, Michael Brown. Since then, we have seen a number of artists produce songs of rage, lament and protest.
It’s been a long time coming, 14 years to be precise. D’Angelo released his last studio album, “Voodoo” in 2000. Then like a bolt from the blue and with very little fanfare “Black Messiah” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard was released last Monday (15 December).