Jamiroquai coming to Prague’s O2 Arena

The British band helped launch the funk/acid jazz movement in the 1990s

British jazz funk band Jamiroquai will be at Prague’s O2 Arena on May 25, 2019. Tickets go on sale to Live Nation club members Dec. 5 at 2 pm and to the general public Dec. 7 at 2 pm on the Ticketportal network.

Jamiroquai formed in 1992 with singer-songwriter Jay Kay as its frontman and was a pioneer of London’s funk/acid jazz movement. Their 1993 debut album Emergency on Planet Earth hit number one on the UK album charts and was praised as one of the best albums of the 1990s.

Kay is now the only original member, though two others, drummer Derrick McKenzie and percussionist and backing vocalist Sola Akingbola have been in the band since 1994.

The group’s 1996 album Travelling Without Moving is the best-selling funk album in history.

They also hold a world record for the fastest concert, at 1,017 kilometers per hour, and highest concert at 11,277 meters, for a February 2007 show on a flight from Munich.

In total the band has sold more than 26 million albums worldwide. Their catalog includes eight albums, all of which reached the top 10 in the UK charts, with three reaching number one. Their most recent album is 2017’s Automaton.

Jamiroquai was the third-best selling UK act in the 1990s, after the Spice Girls and Oasis.

The group’s fans include Chance the Rapper, Pharrell, Tyler the Creator, Jungle, Redman & The Internet. They have also performed alongside Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross.

The band won an Ivor Novello Award in 1999 for Outstanding Song Collection and a Grammy Award in 1997 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group on “Virtual Insanity,” as well as two MTV Video Music Awards.

The name Jamiroquai is a combination of “jam” and “Iroquois,” a Native American tribe.

Frontman Kay was inspired by the Iroquois’ spiritual reverence for the earth. Themes relating to ecology and Native American issues can be found throughout the band’s work.

They were in the Czech Republic in 2017 at the Colours of Ostrava festival. They were last in Prague in 2002.

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