Israel "Iz" Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole (Hawaiian pronunciation: [kəˌmɐkəˌvivoˈʔole]) translation: "The Fearless Eyed"; May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997), also called Bruddah Iz (Brother Iz), was an American musician, entertainer and Hawaiian 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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Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Ka ʻAnoʻi 3 1
1993 Facing Future 2
1995 E Ala Ē 1
1996 N Dis Life 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 Alone in IZ World 3
2007 Wonderful World 1
2008 Unforgettable 3 1
2011 Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Best of Israel Kamakawiwoʻole 2
IZ the best of israel kamakawiwo'ole 1

Album + Live

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


Year Title RatingReleases
2010 Over the Rainbow 2

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