Israeli singer-producer Noga Erez makes dance music that centers politics. Her Invisibility playlist captures many of the same themes she explores in her own work: who gets seen and who doesn’t; who are the watched, and who are the watchers; and how we’re changed by the act of looking.
1. Princess Nokia, “Tomboy” (YouTube)
There’s such power in Princess Nokia’s personality. Just a glimpse of her work makes you realize how being true and authentic can make you stand out.
2. Leikeli47, “Money”
The title says it all. Money is the new religion. If you have it, you exist. If you don’t, you may as well just disappear.
3. Kate Tempest, “Europe Is Lost”
Kate confronts a society which no longer pays attention to what’s happening in the world. We are so caught up in our own lives that the important matters stay out of our sight. Out of sight, out of mind, as they say.
4. Nadia Rose, “Skwod”
For me, this song is about the power of banding together, especially as women. It may have a light vibe to it, but it has a strong message about how joining together makes us stronger.
5. Mykki Blanco, “Loner”
What made me choose this song, in addition to it being great, is that in the music video, people wear virtual-reality masks. In the future, this type of technology will change everything about how we see or don’t see each other.
6. M.I.A., “Borders”
This song, like a lot of other M.I.A songs, talks about refugees as those who are forgotten and discriminated against, who are treated like an invisible part of society.
7. Noname, “Freedom Interlude”
Noname talks about not meaning to write a song like this, about redemption. Maybe it was an accident, or maybe it was subconscious? Seems as if she just had to get it off her back.
8. Janelle Monáe (feat. Erykah Badu), “Q.U.E.E.N.”
This song screams “we are visible” in the name of all women. Unfortunately, inequality still exists. While we’ve made positive strides, the human race still has a long way to go.