💚 Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – ‘Over The Rainbow’ & ‘What A Wonderful World’ – 1993 Israel ‘IZ’ Kamakawiwo’ole (Oahu, 20 May 1959 – Honolulu, 26 June 1997) was an American singer and musician native of Hawaii. It is also known by the pseudonyms Bruddah Iz, or Bradda IZ, or simply IZ He became famous in 1993 with the release of the record ‘Facing Future’ containing the medley of the songs ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and ‘What a Wonderful World’ He died from respiratory problems 26 June 1997 at the age of 38 years His ashes – as you can see in the video – were scattered in the ocean at Makua Beach

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