I Left My Heart in Africa is not a diary of a time lost nor of regret, but it does have an inner message not only for Seraya, but for us the listeners too.
‘Peace, Love and Understanding’ starts off with some haunting chords and then goes electro with a lyrical visit to the past; a very personal visit but one that is relevant to us all and if you have (still) the inner hippy in you, this track will resonate, especially in these current troubled times. Words and lyrics have a power of their own and by taking in songs such as this we could all become better people…..but then that is, perhaps, the inner hippy in me.
‘Let’s Go Retro’ starts off with both the music and Seraya singing straight at you from the moment the track starts. We all, at times, tend to look back and whilst this track relates to that it brings the present very much into context too. There’s a great musical mix going on in the background and the groove is there to get you moving, perhaps involuntarily so!
By bringing C-FO Bailey onto ‘Sista Earth’, Seraya adds a different dimension to her song writing and performance. He endorses the message within the song, but the song, whilst being totally apolitical pleads with us all to respect our only planet. There is no preaching or threat here, purely common sense : ‘We CAN turn this ship around’ sings Seraya and if it fails to move you I suggest you take a few moments out and listen to the track again later on. This could be the ‘protest’ song that our times need and I hope that Seraya’s lyrics catch on and make one think.
Having read all of the above, do not fall into the trap of thinking that this is hippy clap-trap or leftist propaganda; this is music with a message at its best and we can enjoy it all the more so for being brutally honest as well as it being open to one’s own interpretation.
Seraya started off as a Singer/Songwriter in the alt folk genre and despite the use of technology on these tracks, this EP is still a measurable form of folk music as it carries a tale with it. The bards of yesteryear would be proud to see that their means of carrying messages to distant people and villages is alive and well in the hands of Seraya.
Uncut and Unsigned