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AN UNKNOWN assailant recently attacked the frontman of British band Jamiroquai, Jay Kay, as he was leaving a London cinema. While the singer was hospitalised, he has returned to the attack himself, bringing his band to rock cities across Europe.
Unthinkable without his furry buffalo hat, Kay is leading his Jamiroquai band on tour with their latest album A Funk Oddyssey. The group will stop in Slovakia on June 12 to play the spacious Bratislava Incheba exhibition hall. Kay will also help christen a new album by local band Žena z lesoparku (Woman from the Forest Park), which opens the concert.
Kay says he chose the name of his band from the Iroquois language, reflecting his empathy for their displaced status and "earth-aware mentality". Environmental issues laced Jamiroquai's debut album Emergency On Planet Earth. With the four albums that followed Kay's 1992 emergence from London's acid jazz underworld, Jamiroquai is approaching 16 millions copies sold.


JAY Kay is back from a beating.
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AN UNKNOWN assailant recently attacked the frontman of British band Jamiroquai, Jay Kay, as he was leaving a London cinema. While the singer was hospitalised, he has returned to the attack himself, bringing his band to rock cities across Europe.

Unthinkable without his furry buffalo hat, Kay is leading his Jamiroquai band on tour with their latest album A Funk Oddyssey. The group will stop in Slovakia on June 12 to play the spacious Bratislava Incheba exhibition hall. Kay will also help christen a new album by local band Žena z lesoparku (Woman from the Forest Park), which opens the concert.

Kay says he chose the name of his band from the Iroquois language, reflecting his empathy for their displaced status and "earth-aware mentality". Environmental issues laced Jamiroquai's debut album Emergency On Planet Earth. With the four albums that followed Kay's 1992 emergence from London's acid jazz underworld, Jamiroquai is approaching 16 millions copies sold.

After the release of their second album, Return of the Space Cowboy, Jamiroquai became internationally known. In 1997 they collected four MTV awards and a Grammy award for their third album, Travelling Without Moving. A year later they produced the number one single Deeper Underground, written for the movie Godzilla.

"Success is when I see all those people standing out there in front of me having a good time," says Kay, whom the press commonly refers to as the 'one-time skinny white kid from west London'.

In A Funk Odyssey, the band's fifth album, Jamiroquai attempts to bring their regular funk in line with techno trends, an effort which has seen the album's singles steeply ascending the world's music charts.

British funk band Jamiroquai will play in Bratislava's Incheba Hall C (on the Petržalka side of the Danube river) on June 12 at 20:00. Tickets (Sk1,290-1,990) are on sale at Fischer Travel Agency on Obchodná 2, Dr. Horák on Medená 18 and PKO office on Hollého 3. For more information on the concert go to www.xl.sk and on the band go to www.jamiroquai.co.uk.

By Zuzana Habšudová

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