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Old Treasure.

This afternoon we had a visit from Israel’s wife Marlene and in her hand was a small ʻukulele case with scribbles and stickers all over it. No it wasn’t THE ‘ukulele from IZ’s performances.

IZ hits #1 in France!

You may have noticed we have been documenting Israel’s success in Germany and we may have mentioned to stay tuned for more updates on Israel in Europe. Well, the week of December 20th, IZ’ single “Over the Rainbow” was released…

BBC News – Hawaiian singer charms Germany

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11773378 Great article on the success of IZ in Germany and soon to be expanding to all of Europe. Wolfgang Boss of B1 Recordings in Germany puts why people are relating to IZ perfectly. “The reason why this song is…

IZ in Germany…. literally

Ok… maybe just his music. But, he’s definitely establishing a presence abroad.  Fans are tagging IZ in photos they’ve snapped of his CDs on facebook.  Check ’em out!  Be our friend on facebook….

The Welt am Sonntag featuring IZ

The newspaper Welt am Sonntag (“World on Sunday”) is a German national Sunday newspaper — Check out the feature they did on Israel ‘IZ’ Kamakawiwo`ole….it’s in German of course. The buzz is all about IZ rocking the charts at #1…

IZ Quote…

“Dis music is feelingz dat goin’ last fo’eva and dat all generationz to come can fall back on.” -Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole

IZ #1 in Germany….3 consecutive weeks

Israel Kamakawiwo`ole’s “OVER the RAINBOW” has been #1 for 3 consecutive weeks on Germany’s Top Hit Singles Chart! And Facing Future has moved from #17 to #11 on Germany’s Top Albums! Love those Germans!

Hawaiian Superman in Germany

Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo`ole’s ‘OVER the RAINBOW’ is at #1 on the German Top100 Singles Chart! How do you say Hawaiian Superman in German….Hawaiischer Supermann?! FANTASTISCH!

Happy Birthday from Jon de Mello…

In honor of Israelʻs birthday, we have a never before heard outtake from the “Wonderful World overture”. This song starts with an extended version of the instrumental intro from the first track on the album (What a Wonderful World) and…

Finding Isabella’s Rainbow

This is a video that was created by Israel’s only daughter Wehi Kamakawiwo`ole, for her close friends daughter named Isabella Sepulveda. Isabella is suffering from stage 3 Leukemia and her mother is struggling with the hundreds of thousands of dollars…

Lotto: Norway 2005

This commercial might just be our favorite commercial to use “Over the Rainbow” There are so many great ones so its hard to tell, but this definitely stands out!

Sometimes Israel and I Would Rehearse

Sometimes Israel and I would rehearse in his apartment working with a drum machine and a keyboard that I could pull out chords and sounds from.  His daughter and friends would be playing on the other side of the room…

Peugeot Automobile: Denmark, Sweden, Iceland in Feb 2006

In the next few months I want to share some of the worldwide television commercials in which we have licensed Israel’s music.
In Europe “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” has been a phenomenal success but other songs too……
They have a different way of making television commercials there.
It’s a music producer’s dream, in most of the commercials there was never a voiceover Just the music.
There have been over 80 licenses given worldwide.
Some of the most creative works I’ve ever seen………

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Pre-song Chatter – Henehene Kou ‘Aka

Israel would often play around before a song. Making jokes, comments and chatter rarely counting off in a traditional way …. He’d just start playing. I would normally edit out and start on the down beat of the song. Here’s…