What A Wonderful World CD features "Hawaiian Artist Israel Kamakawiwoole" on vocals, and solo ukulele. While Israel Kamakawiwo'ole the Hawaiian singer better known simply as "IZ" first came to public attention as a member of the popular Hawaiian group known as "The Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau", it was his solo career which brought him into national noteriety. Those who mourned his passing in 1997 and countless others who know little about the Hawaiian native will be inspired by the depth of range on the "Wonderful World" album. A composition gathered from various recording session out-takes, this CD touches the heart and caresses the soul with IZ's sweet tenor voice. His vocal renderings are accompanied by his now famous solo ukelele performances including the now famous "Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World" featured in the movies; "Meet Joe Black", "Finding Forrester", and on TV in the popular series "ER" and the E-Toys commercial. Relax and celebrate with the sweet sounds of "Wonderful World" with us.|
Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole (May 20, 1959 - June 26, 1997) is one of the most beloved and fondly remembered Hawaiian Music artists and composers in the Hawaiian islands. "IZ" was Born in Honolulu Hawaii in 1959 and spent the first five years of his life with his Grandfather, ("Tutu Kane" in Hawaiian) on the
Hawaiian island of Niihau. In 1964 he returned to the
island of Oahu to live with his immediate family and learned the importance of his
Hawaiian language and heritage. IZ was a native Hawaiian, who upon his death in 1997, at the age of 38, was only the second citizen to receive the honor of having his body lay in state at the
capitol building in Honolulu Hawaii.
Israel IZ Kamakawiwoole is remembered fondly in Hawaii and throughout his worldwide fan base as much more than just a
singer, song writer and composer. IZ sings original Contemporary Hawaiian Music in the native Hawaiian tongue and performs his beautiful
ukulele songs using his solo
tenor ukulele to accompany the gentle purity of his golden smooth and passionate voice which covers an extraordinary range of vocal octaves.
Aloha Oe' to all Hawaiians at Heart ~Michael AngelOh
"Wonderful World" is one of the Hawaiian CD Music albums that garnered "IZ" international recognition and made him a superstar among Hawaiians or as "IZ" liked to say; "Hawaiians at heart"... His music was featured in last year's "Superbowl Half-time Show" and on the popular television series "ER". His heartfelt and dreamy rendition of the "Some Where over the Rainbow" & "What a Wonderful World Songs" have also been heard Internationally in the movies; "Meet Joe Black", "Finding Forrester" and "50 First Dates". These presentations have resulted in "IZ" becoming the bestselling Hawaiian Artist of all time. Izzy's Hawaiian Music Lyrics,
Hawaiian Music News and local Hawaiian Artist Links are featuring along with
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow Lyrics" and are offered on these pages for your enjoyment. To listen to Israel Kamakawiwoole's Hawaiian CD DVD Music Videos simply touch any CD or DVD Music album cover to transport to Downloadable Free Music tracks. Listen to Hawaiian Music on MP3, Real Audio or WindowsMedia
Free Music Players with free download links provided on all pages.
A more detailed chronology of the "Life of Israel Kamakawiwoole" can be found featured on the site:
Israel Kamakawiwoole Hawaiian Music Biography website which includes an overview of the Hawaiian artists significant milestones and artistic accomplishments all the way up to his untimely death at the age of 38 in 1997. A timelined chronological biography of the life of "IZ" may be viewed at the
"Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Bio Highlights" web site. Also be sure to visit the
"IZ Kamakawiwoole Memorial Tribute" web site. For the Hawaiian Music Song Lyrics to many of IZ's Hawaiian songs including "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" visit our
"Hawaiian Music Lyrics" Directory.