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Defunkt in June 1981
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
GenresJazz fusion, punk jazz, punk funk, avant-funk, experimental
Years active1978 (1978)–present
Associated actsJames White and the Blacks
MembersJoseph Bowie
Kim Clarke
Ronnie Drayton
Bill Bickford
John Mulkerin
Kenny Martin

Defunkt is a musical group founded by trombonist/singer Joseph Bowie 1978 in New York City, United States, and still active. Their music touches on elements of punk rock, funk and jazz.[1]

Defunkt has been active since 1978. They merge avant-garde aesthetics with punk rock and funk, and have produced 15 recordings on various independent labels. The band has traveled throughout the world as an opening act for such artists as James Brown, David Byrne and Talking Heads, The Clash, Hans Dulfer, Candy Dulfer, Isaac Hayes, Prince, Larry Graham, Me'Shell NdegéOcello, Maceo Parker.

The band has also performed at jazz festivals, as well as rock and soul venues throughout the world, gaining a small but devoted cult status.


  • Defunkt (1980)
  • Strangling me with your Love (1981)
  • Thermonuclear Sweat (1982)
  • The Razor’s Edge (12"-Maxi-Single, 1982)
  • In America (1988)
  • Avoid the Funk: a Defunkt Anthology (Compilation, 1988)
  • Heroes (1990)
  • Live at the Knitting Factory (Live, 1991)
  • Crisis (1992)
  • Cum Funky (1993)
  • Live and Reunified (Live, 1993)
  • A Blues Tribute to Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix (1994)
  • One World (1995)
  • Defunkt live in Stuttgart (Live, 1996)
  • The Legend of Defunkt, Volume 1 (Compilation, 2001)
  • Defunkt – The Legend Continues (2001)
  • Defunkt Live in Europe (Live-Doppelalbum, 2002)
  • Journey (2004)
  • Defunkt + Thermonuclear Sweat ( 2005)
  • Mastervolt (2015)
  • Live at Channel Zero (2016)



Kelvyn Bell
Byron Bowie



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