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Jamiroquai are a British jazz-funk band from London, formed in 1992. Fronted by singer-songwriter Jay Kay, they d├ębuted as an acid-jazz band and have since explored other musical directions such as pop, rock, disco and electronica, while their lyrics occasionally reference social and environmental idealism. They rose to international fame in the 1990s as one of the most prominent components in the London-based funk/acid jazz movement. The group are also best known for their music video of the 1996 single "Virtual Insanity". Their first release under Acid Jazz records was "When You Gonna Learn", which landed them a record deal with Sony Soho2, a subsidiary with Sony Music. While they were under this label, the group released a string of million-selling albums, including singles that have reached various top 10 charts worldwide. Over the years, Jamiroquai has changed its line-up several times; with Derrick McKenzie (drums) and Sola Akingbola (percussion), who both joined in 1994, still in the official line-up. The group currently holds two Guinness World Records, including fastest ever performance on an aeroplane. Their 1996 album Travelling Without Moving, also holds the record for best-selling funk album in history. Jamiroquai has thus sold more than 26 million albums worldwide. Front-man Kay won a BMI Presidents Award, and with the band, also won an Ivor Novello Award, as well as winning one Grammy Award, two MTV Video Music Awards, and receiving 13 Brit Award nominations during the course of their career.


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