Saturday, September 20, 2008
"IZ" ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWO'OLE
I have several of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's albums. Charm is a word I think I use fairly often in my descriptions concerning ukulele people. Iz had that warm voice and silliness about him and it carried through in his songs. I think that he had a way of blending Hawaiian song with popular songs so that Hawaiian music became more accessible and appreciated on the mainland. Perhaps this even contributed to the latest renaissance of the ukulele.
This video has many snapshots of Iz, as he was growing up, his family, and awesome images of Hawaii. I think this is the best compilation that I've seen on YouTube.