Dalton – Alech
Habibi Funk is Jakarta Records’s first sub-label, dedicated to re-releasing music from the Arab world.
Dalton was a band from Tunis, Tunisia that came together around 1968 when most of the members studied together at the University of Tunis. They were active in the local scene, playing music that was heavily influenced by American soul and funk and at the same time regional musical traditions.
In the early 70s the band got a regular gig at a hotel called Sahara Beach Resort on the coast of Tunisia. They had six month contracts for a couple of years and would play every night of the tourist season. Whilst the hotel gig required the band to play sets leaning towards tourist entertainment, the regular work helped put money into the band’s bank accounts. Using those funds the band was able to travel to Rome to record their one and only 7 single release “Alech” around 1971/1972. The band eventually dismantled in the mid ’70s