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The Hawaiian singer known affectionately as Bruddah Iz was still being mourned when this respectful reworking of outtakes was released 10 years after his premature passing. In tribute to 1950s exotica, arranger Jon de Mello layers lush strings over Iz’s sweet interpretations of global pop favorites, highlighted by the children’s lullaby “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (recast as a nocturnal lament) and the island pride waltz of “A Hawaiian Like Me.” It’s all graced with the singer’s delightful ukulele, of course.

Customer Reviews

Excellent Work

I bought this to complete the collection but I was hardly looking forward to hearing the traditional and familiar sounds of IZ accompanied by an orchestra as the album was billed. Then I listened. This is fantastic. The lyrics and uke are crystal clear, and the accompaniments fit each song wonderfully. This is not only a testament to the great talent, hard work, and timeless nature of the big guy, but it speaks volumes to the production capabilities of Mr. De Mello and the folks at Mountain Apple. IZ' music has gotten longer legs. Mahalo.

Eo Israel Kamawiwaole!

Aloha and Mahalo to John Demello and Mountain Apple Records for helping the aloha and the music of this wonderful man live on for all of us to enjoy and appreciate. This album is beautifully produced and a true masterpiece! Israel, his music and his mana will continue to be very precious and cherished gifts of Aloha to Hawaiian people everywhere and the people of Hawaii.

Proud 2 B HawaiiaN

Contemporary meets Hawaiian Music makes Bruddah IZ music more inspiring than ever. The rendition of IZ's music brings me back home everytime I listen to his music. Even though I'm living on the Mainland-in So Cal, as a kama'aina Hawaii will always be my home. Bruddah IZ brings the true meaning of Aloha and brings the Hawaiian culture, the people, and his music together. Mahalo to Jon de Mello, Marlene Kamakawiwo'ole and Da' Ohana, and The Mountain Apple Company for keeping Bruddah IZ music last forever in our hearts. Hawaii No ka'oi


Born: May 20, 1959 in Honolulu, HI

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

The most popular entertainer in Hawaii until his tragic death in 1997, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole formed the traditional Makaha Sons as a teenager in the mid-'70s, went out on his own in more of a contemporary style by the 1990s, and released four immensely popular recordings before passing away just after the release of 1996's N Dis Life. Born in the Honolulu suburb of Kaimuki, Kamakawiwo'ole later moved to nearby Makaha. In allegiance to his new home, Israel formed the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau with brother...
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Wonderful World, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: Jun 26, 2007

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