An untouched natural paradise, an attraction for all tourists. The political center of the 137 islands has always been the musical capital. And it was here that an artist was born who reached great heights and introduced Hawaiian music to the whole world.
Israel Kamakawiwoole was born in 1959 and music has been his life since childhood. He also became a strong supporter of Hawaiian independence and believed that his compatriots were becoming second-class citizens in their own land, pushed to the margins by the tourism industry.
But at the same time, Kamakawiwoole was kind, distinguished by good manners and a peaceful disposition. The Hawaiians affectionately called him the Gentle Giant. And the song alone made Israel Kamakawiwoole the most successful Hawaiian artist.
In 1988, he recorded a demo at a studio in Honolulu. Climbed up on a chair, grabbed a ukulele and sang a medley of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” in one take. No pains of creativity, complex musical twists, just a simple rhythm that was caught in the moment of inspiration.
“Facing Future” (1993).
The song spread all over the world, ended up in advertising and cinema. She can be heard in the credits of Meet Joe Black (1998). And few people remember the original Judy Garland and The Wizard of Oz.
The song has become a symbol of hope for happier times. And the clip “Over the Rainbow” has gained more than a billion (now already 1,202,300,000) views on YouTube!
Unfortunately, Israel Kamakawiwoole passed away at the age of 38 due to complications associated with being overweight. A year before his song became known to the whole world. But his fellow musicians and friends are sure that his spirit lives in this melody. It suddenly became understandable and close to people from all over the world. Perhaps because of the hope for paradise, which somewhere still exists.
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