Funk and Jazz Band Jamiroquai to Perform in Israel

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Jamiroquai performing in Hyde Park, London.
Jamiroquai performing in Hyde Park, London. Credit: Andy Paradise/ AP

The funk and acid jazz band Jamiroquai will perform in Rishon Letzions Amphi Park on May 2. The British band, fronted by lead singer Jay Kay, is expected to play its hits and to feature songs from its new album Automaton, which was released last year. Ticket prices will start at 230 shekels ($68).

The band was launched in 1992 with its single When You Gonna Learn, which attracted the attention of Sony. It has since sold 35 million records. In 1993 Jamiroquai released its first album, Emergency on Planet Earth, including the song Too Young to Die, which Israelis came to know as the jingle that opened Razi Barkais show on Army Radio. A year later the band released its second album, The Return of the Space Cowboy.
The third album, Traveling Without Moving, broke through to the American audience with the song Virtual Insanity, which was praised from wall to wall and won four MTV awards for 1997. A year later the song Deeper Underground appeared in the soundtrack of the movie Godzilla.

In 2001 Kay embarked on a new, more electronic direction with A Funk Odyssey. Critics were underwhelmed but the single Little L remains Jamiroquais top seller to this day.

Automaton was released on March 31 of last year, 11 days before band member and songwriter Toby Smith died, age 46. Later that year Kays back was badly injured, leading the band to cancel a number of European shows.

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