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Israel "Iz" Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole (Hawaiian pronunciation: [kəˌmɐkəˌvivoˈʔole]) translation: "The Fearless Eyed"; May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997), also called Bruddah Iz (Brother Iz), was a Hawaiian musician, entertainer, and sovereignty activist.

His voice became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of "Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and television commercials.

Through his skillful ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres (such as jazz and reggae), Kamakawiwoʻole remains a very strong influence on Hawaiian music.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Ka ʻAnoʻi 3 1
1993 Facing Future 2
1995 E Ala Ē 1
1996 In Dis Life 1
2001 Alone in IZ World 3
2008 Unforgettable 3 1
2011 Somewhere Over The Rainbow 1
Alone In Iz World 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2007 Wonderful World 1
IZ the best of israel kamakawiwo'ole 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 IZ in Concert: The Man and His Music 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
2010 Over the Rainbow 2

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