נגה ארז בפסטיבל ג'נסיס
Noga Erez
Photo: Raz Gross
Noga Erez

Israeli alt-pop star Noga Erez features on new Weezer song

U.S. rockers release revamped version of their track Records off their latest studio album on which international singer makes an appearance with a rap verse

Dennis Bihler |
Published: 09.01.22, 14:17
Noga Erez, one of Israel's biggest international stars, came out with a revamped version of American rockers Weezer's song Records.
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  • The pop star, who adeptly distills the essence of being Israeli in her music, makes an appearance on the track with a rap verse.
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    נגה ארז בפסטיבל ג'נסיס
    נגה ארז בפסטיבל ג'נסיס
    Noga Erez
    (Photo: Raz Gross)
    The song featured originally on the band's latest studio effort SZNZ: Summer which hit the shelves in July.
    The 32-year-old Caesarea-native rose to prominence with songs such as her debut single Toy and Dance While You Shoot.
    She appeared as a musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC.
    The singer says she prefers to sing only in English because she finds it hard to rhyme in Hebrew and she wishes to reach audiences outside of Israel.
    (Weezer - Records (feat. Noga Erez)
    Erez's music combines electronica, hip hop, and rap, and she doesn't hesitate to put her Israeli and Jewish identity at the front. Her song Fire Kites, for instance, was inspired by incendiary kites flown by Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip into Israel that have devastated large swathes of wild and agricultural land in recent years.
    However, she is a firm believer in coexistence with the Palestinians and even sought to collaborate with Palestinian musicians on her latest album, which did not pan out as they felt uncomfortable working with an Israeli artist.
    "I have never collaborated with a Palestinian musician. I started to research. And I found some musicians. I reached out. And I realized very early that it was not an easy thing for Palestinian artists to do," she once told U.S. public broadcaster NPR in an interview.
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    נגה ארז בפסטיבל ג'נסיס
    נגה ארז בפסטיבל ג'נסיס
    Noga Erez
    (Photo: Raz Gross)
    "For them, it's a statement about normalizing the situation. You're collaborating with an artist from the Israeli side of the conflict. And it's obviously something that has a lot of saying. I was like, very naive, wanting to be able to make peace through music. And it was a really big lesson for me."
    Erez is now on a woldwide tour to support her second album Kids which was released in 2021. She is expected to perform as an opening act for Florence and the Machine at Madison Square Garden in New York City on September 16.
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