We jellyfish love islands, and a great many of us make our home around the islands of Hawaii. There, from the clear blue waters where Hawaii lives, many of us once heard a voice so pure and beautiful ring out from the land, we will never forget it. That was the voice of Iz.
Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwoʻole was an indigenous Hawaiian singer whose music still reverberates throughout the islands. He was a champion of the rights of Hawaiian people and the restoration and preservation of Hawaiian culture. His premature death at age 38 left the world a much poorer place. His haunting version of 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' - performed solo with just a ukulele and his incredible voice - will change the way you think of this song.
He was very much loved by the people of Hawaii, as witnessed by the some 10,000 people who attended his funeral. Footage from his funeral and memorial, when his ashes were returned to the Pacific Ocean, was included in the video made for this song.
You can learn more about Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwoʻole here:
About the Curator - AK Rockefeller
AK Rockefeller is the avatar-in-chief of Identity Transduction Systems (ITS). AK leads the ITS team of artists, musicians and activists who produce multimedia art & propaganda for important human rights causes. AK is the youngest son of Michael Rockefeller who went missing off the coast of West Papua in 1961. Much like most other public figures and celebrities, AK exists in realm between reality and fiction. His identity represents an challenge to the nature and concept of the 'public persona' in today's reality.
The activities of AK Rockefeller and ITS constitute an ongoing psychological operation against the warmongering capitalist status quo. By taking the Rockefeller name and manipulating the symbols of power, AK creates a real fictional alternative to the fake populist movements of today quietly serving the interests of existing elites.