January 2010 – The Official Site of Israel IZ Kamakawiwo`ole

January 27, 2010

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………


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…