Saturday, July 07, 2007
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passing of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and in celebration of his life, your cousins over at Mountain Apple Records are inviting you to create a video of yourself performing Iz's White Sandy Beach and post it to YouTube. Follow the instructions on this page and visitors to the commemorative site will be able to view your video by clicking on an interactive map.
If you'd like to learn the song, the Honolulu Advertiser has everything you need right here, with Jody Kamisato showing you da kine way play.
As an added incentive, each week Mountain Apple will be giving away a copy of the newly released Wonderful World CD to the submitter with the best video. The new CD is a combination of unreleased archival Iz recordings backed up by new orchestral arrangements. Here's an article about the production from the Star Bulletin.
The CD has sparked some debate within the uke community as to whether Mountain Apple's Jon de Mello has added positively to the Iz oeuvre or whether he's gone Phil Spector on Iz. We have not yet heard the CD, and will withhold judgment until then. But we suspect that as usual, interest in Iz's music will spark interest in the ukulele, which is always a good thing. Link