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Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole (Hawaiian pronunciation: [kəˌmɐkəˌvivoˈʔole], translation: "The Fearless Eyed Man") (May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997), also called Braddah Iz or IZ, was a Native Hawaiian singer-songwriter, musician, 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 released on his albums Ka ʻAnoʻi and Facing Future. It was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and television commercials.

Along with his ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres, such as jazz and reggae, Kamakawiwoʻole remains influential in 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 N Dis Life 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 Alone in IZ World 3
2007 Wonderful World 1
2008 Unforgettable 3 1
2011 Alone In IZ World / Facing Future 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

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World 1
2010 Over the Rainbow 2

Other

Year Title RatingReleases
On the Day You Were Born, Something Pretty Amazing Happened. 1

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