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Defunkt is a musical group founded by trombonist/singer Joseph Bowie 1978 in New York, 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 & Soul venues throughout the world, gaining a small but devoted cult status.

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  • 1 Discography
  • 2 Members
    • 2.1 Current
    • 2.2 Former
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Discography[edit] Edit

  • 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)

Members[edit] Edit

Current[edit] Edit

Kelvyn Bell

Byron Bowie

  • Joseph Bowie – trombone, vocals
  • Kim Clarke – bass
  • Ronnie Drayton – guitar
  • Bill Bickford – guitar
  • John Mulkerin – trumpet
  • Kenny Martin – drums

Former[edit] Edit

  • Kelvyn Bell – guitar
  • Ayodele Maakheru (Martin Aubert) – guitar
  • Vernon Reid – guitar
  • Richard Martin – guitar
  • Melvin Gibbs – bass
  • Ron Mac Jenkins – bass
  • Reggie Washington - bass
  • Lester Bowie – trumpet
  • Ted Daniels – trumpet
  • Byron Bowie – saxophone
  • Luther Thomas - saxophone
  • Charles Green - saxophone
  • Alex Harding – baritone saxophone
  • Ronnie Burrage – drums
  • Rishard Lampese - guitar
  • Scooter Warner – drums
  • Tobias Ralph – drums
  • Kahil El'Zabar – percussion
  • Kelli Sae - vocals
  • Martin Fischer – keyboards
  • Marcus Persiani – keyboards
  • Kevin Bents – keyboards
  • Bahnamous Bowie – keyboards
  • Adam Klipple – keyboards
  • Cliff Branch – keyboards

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