American soul star D'Angelo cuts album inspired by racial protests, his first in 14 years

December 16, 2014 6:30 AM

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NEW YORK (AFP) - After a wait of nearly 15 years, D'Angelo is making a Second Coming of sorts with Black Messiah, a hard-charging attack on racial injustice that challenges listeners both musically and lyrically.

Released as a surprise on Monday, the long-anticipated album moves D'Angelo beyond his R&B roots to embrace the passions of protest rock at a time that demonstrations have swept the United States over police killings of unarmed African Americans in New York and Ferguson, Missouri.

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