Israel Kamakawiwo’ole was a Hawaiian musician, singer, songwriter, and Hawaiian sovereignty activist.

He achieved commercial success outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” was released and was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and television commercials. The song has had 358 weeks on top of the World Digital Songs chart, making it the longest-leading number-one hit on any of the Billboard song charts.

Along with his ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres, such as jazz and reggae, Kamakawiwoʻole remains influential in Hawaiian music and was named “The Voice of Hawai‘i” by NPR in 2010

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole Backing Tracks – Over The Rainbow

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