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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's music remains a very strong influence on that of Hawaiian.

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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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