israel kamakawiwo'ole

Israel "Iz" Kaanoi Kamakawiwoole (May 20, 1959 June 26, 1997) (pronounced ) was a Hawaiian musician, and nephew to entertainer Moe Keale. He became famous outside Hawaii when his album ''Facing Future'' was released in 1993. His medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World" was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and commercials. Through his consummate ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres (such as jazz and reggae), Kamakawiwoole remains one of the major influences in Hawaiian music over the last 15 years.

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