I posted a track by the 70s Filipino jam band Dakila about a year ago when we were preparing to celebrate Carlos Santana’s 64th birthday with a tribute show by the Twin Cities’ own freakin’ sweet jam band Bitter Roots (who opened for Charlie Parr in Mankato last night). Looking back it’s pretty clear I didn’t know anything about Dakila and to be honest I still don’t. Somebody bought the album as soon as we put it out in the shop and I haven’t thought much about it since, but last week we moved a radio station library back to the shop and in it’s thousands of 45s was this promotional single.
(“El Dubi” by Dakila)
So far as I can tell the band never recorded a second album, although after a little research I learned that a couple members are still playing in Filipino-infused latin rock bands around the San Francisco Bay and a Dakila reunion and tribute is in the works. Some bands never get their due but remain local legends and for some people all they really want out of it is a chance to keep playing the music they love. I hope there is a Dakila tribute in the works because their record was pretty awesome.
The fun thing about this 45 is that the B side is a “Language Lesson” to help DJs say the names of the tracks on the album. Here it is: