Jamiroquai are an English funk and acid jazz band from London. Formed in 1992, they are fronted by vocalist Jay Kay. Prominent in the London funk and acid jazz movement of the 1990s, they built on their sound in their early releases and later drew from rock, disco, electronic and Latin music genres with their lyrics addressing social and environmental justice. Kay has remained the only original member through several line-up changes.
It began with Jay Kay sending songs to record companies, during this time, Kay was influenced by Native American & First Nation peoples and their philosophies. Leading to the creation of "When You Gonna Learn", a song covering social issues. Kay fought with his producer, who took out lyrics and produced the song based on what was charting at the time. The experience made Kay realise he "wanted a proper live band with a proper sound". The band would be named "Jamiroquai", a portmanteau of the words "jam" and the name of a Native American confederacy, the Iroquois. He signed to Acid Jazz Records in 1991.