Jamiroquai (pronounced: ) is an English music band led by singer Jay Kay. It was in London in the early 1990s that he found a place in the booming acid jazz movement. Jamiroquai very quickly imposes his style among the groups of the time (Incognito, Brand New Heavies , Galliano or Corduroy). Today, the group has gained world renown, while having managed to evolve its music. His latest album is Automaton, released in 2017.
The name Jamiroquai can be broken down into two parts. The first, "jam", is a jazz term that refers to musical improvisation; the second, "iroquai", refers to a Native American tribe: the Iroquois.
After failing an audition to become a Brand New Heavies singer, Jason Kay decides to start his own band. By listening to the tape he sent, the director of the production company then expects to meet a black woman afterwards because of his particular voice leaving guessing rather an Afro-jazz singer. Jamiroquai's first single, When You Gonna Learn? was released in 1992 on the Orenda label>. He gets a small hit in the UK allowing the band to sign an eight-album deal with Sony (today "Sony Music Entertainment ). The first, entitled = "en"> Emergency on Planet Earth , was released in the early summer of 1993, and immediately won a great success, ranking n> 1 in England> and containing several hits (including the Top 10 Too young to die)>. The second album, The Return of the Space Cowboy , arrives at the end of 1994 and also knows the success>.
In 1996, with the release of the third album Traveling Without Moving , Jamiroquai becomes world famous thanks to three hits Virtual Insanity , Cosmic Girl and Alright . The group is a hit on the American record market: in the MTV Video Music Awards of 1997, the video clip of Virtual Insanity wins four awards (best video, best special effects, best staging and video innovation award).