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Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Biography
Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole (translation: “The Fearless Eyed Man”) (May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997), also called Bruddah 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.Genres: acoustic, folk, Hawaiian, singer-songwriter.