Dakila, the legendary but, ultimately, short-lived band that both delighted and mystified audiences with their unique Filipino Latin Rock sound, will return to Los Angeles for the first time in four decades.
The crossover pioneers perform exclusively at the 22nd Philippine Arts & Culture festival, September 7-8 at Pt. Fermin Park, 807 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, California.
“There is a generation of Filipino Americans who mention Dakila with fond reverence,” said Jilly Canizares, FilAm ARTS Executive Director. “(FPAC) is beyond proud to present them after 40 years and now, other generations can see and hear for themselves why they were so popular in their era.”
Formed in 1971, the San Francisco-based group uniquely fused rock, funk, soul and Latin to a historic, major label signing and album release on Epic/Columbia (now, Sony Entertainment) Records – among firsts for an Asian American/Filipino American group.
Dakila is originally comprised of David Bustamante (guitar/vocals); Rome Bustamante (organ/vocals); Bert Ancheta (guitar/vocals); Fred Ancheta (bass); Frank Magtoto (drums); Michael Gopaul (timbales/vocals) and Carlos Badia (congas). The band's name Dakila in Tagalog translates as “great” or noble”).
The band were a popular attraction at various musical festivals and concerts,touring the nation with the likes of Malo and Buddy Miles and opening for Cal Tjader, Jose Feliciano and Cheech and Chong among many.
“The last time (the band) played in LA was 1973 and we co-billed with Johnny Nash (“I Can See Clearly Now”) at the Whiskey A-Go-Go on Sunset,” recalls original member David Bustamante. “To say we’re excited at coming back is an understatement. We’re very excited.”
In addition, FPAC 22 will also see the debut of the “Best Balisong in the West,” a unique competition highlighting the uniquely Filipino bladed weapon, the balisong.
According to filmmaker/editor Paul Factora, the event’s organizer, balisong flipping is a popular subculture amongst martial artists around the world, gaining popularity via exhibition videos on Youtube.
The competition will present unique, high-level and crowd-pleasing displays of what many consider to be among the most deadly of bladed weaponry.
Both events take place as part of FPAC 22 which also features comedian Rex Navarrete, the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) and continuous entertainment on two stages over the course of two days.
Books, author signings, arts and crafts and a large array of traditional and contemporary food, music and artistry ensure that there is something for the entire family to enjoy.
FPAC is the largest and longest-running, Filipino American community tradition in Southern California, presenting over 500 artists and cultural bearers from across the nation every year.
For more information or questions, please visit www.filamarts.org, or call the festival offices at (213) 380-FPAC (3722).