HONOLULU (March 25, 2011) – Hawaii’s own, Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole, was honored with an Echo Award for Hit of the Year at Germany’s version of the Grammy Awards March 25 in Berlin, Germany.
One of Hawaii’s most beloved recordings – “Over The Rainbow” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole – has been dominating the German singles charts, having enjoyed ten straight weeks in the number one position. Featured on the record-breaking CD “Facing Future,” “Over The Rainbow” entered the German singles charts and quickly climbed to the number one position, where it continues to capture the hearts of new IZ fans.
The music of “Bruddah IZ” truly has the power to cross boundaries of language, geography and musical genres.
The Mountain Apple Company President Jon de Mello was in Berlin to accept the award and commented, “I am humbled and thrilled to see that the endearing music of IZ continues to resonate and inspire audiences throughout the world.”
Today, the music of IZ is experiencing a renaissance as new fans outside the United States hear his songs for the first time. In Europe in particular, IZ’s legacy continues to grow as fans embrace his message of peace and understanding, and rich musical heritage founded in traditional Hawaiian culture.
Internationally, fans have enjoyed IZ’s timeless songs in popular films (“Meet Joe Black,” “Finding Forrester,” “Made,” “50 First Dates,” “Snakes on a Plane,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”), commercials (Hallmark, Sony, Kellogg’s, Fiat), and television programs (“ER,” “Cold Case,” “Scrubs,” “Glee,” “Brothers & Sisters” and the new “Hawaii Five-0”) for more than 15 years.
Produced and distributed by The Mountain Apple Company HAWAI’I, “Facing Future” became Hawaii’s first certified platinum album, selling close to two million CDs in the United States alone. “Facing Future” was followed by the release of another five remarkable IZ recordings, “E Ala E” (1995), “N Dis Life” (1996), “IZ In Concert: The Man and His Music” (1998), ““Alone In IZ World”” (2001) and “Wonderful World” (2007).
To learn more, visit the official IZ site: izhawaii.com.