A true superstar of Hawaiian music, Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole (1959-1997), lived a life devoted to family, friends and a love for the people and culture of Hawaii. Four years after his death, his albums continue to be top-sellers. His songs continue to be used in radio and TV ads as well as on major motion picture soundtracks.
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In conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the death of Hawaiian musician Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole, Mountain Apple Company has released a new CD, Wonderful World, featuring twelve of IZ's intimate vocals with a full orchestral accompaniment. The result allows the listener a new, quite different, appreciation for IZ's wonderful voice.
Songs featured on the CD include: "What a Wonderful World", "White Sandy Beach", "Kaleohano", "Ke Alo o Iesu" and "A Hawaiian Like Me." On his album notes, executive producer Jon de Mello recalls that IZ once said, "Dis music, is feelings dat goin' las fo'eva." How right he was.
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Released four years after his passing, Alone in IZ World was assembled and notated by producer Jon de Mello. It features both alternative versions of IZs best-loved songs as well as never before heard tracks including Mona Lisa, Hanohano No Na Cowboy and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Released on IZs birthday in 1998, this final live album contains excerpts from various concerts held throughout the islands. IZ helped produce this album prior to his death in 1997. The album is also interspersed with IZs commentary and humor.
IZs final album of original material, released in 1996, was a multiple winner at the 1997 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for excellence in Hawaiian music, including awards for Album of the Year and Island Contemporary Album of the Year.
This 1995 release begins with a movingly spiritual title track with themes of cultural identity and Hawaiian nationalism. This is followed by a mix of music that includes Hawaiian standards, American pop remakes and songs that invoke the hapa-haole era of Hawaiian music.
Released in 1993, this album contains traditional Hawaiian standards, Jawaiian themes as well as pop chart remakes. This album includes IZs famous medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World".
IZs first solo album, released in 1990, includes hapa-haole, traditional Hawaiian language selections, light rock and pop, as well as Latin and Tahitian themes. This album earned the 1991 Hoku Award for Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the year.