Singer-composer Bodjie Dasig dies in US


Posted at Mar 13 2012 03:57 PM | Updated as of Mar 14 2012 02:57 AM

Bodjie Dasig (center) with his band Bodjie's 

Law of Gravity. 

MANILA, Philippines – The local music community lost another member on Tuesday with the news that singer-songwriter Bodjie Dasig had passed away.

The news came just hours after rock musician Karl Roy died in a hospital after doctors found out there was fluid in his lungs.

Apo Hiking Society member Jim Paredes confirmed Dasig’s death on his official Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon.

“Confirmed: Bodjie Dasig, songwriter of ‘Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko,’ husband of Odette Quesada passed away today too. OPM just lost two greats,” Paredes tweeted.

“I feel a heaviness in my heart right now. Bodjie was a nice guy and great songwriter. RIP,” he said in another tweet.

Dasig and Quesada are now based in the United States.

Dasig first drew notices with his catchy radio hit, “Ale (Nasa Langit Na Ba Ako).”

But it was with his song “Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko,” which he recorded with his band, Bodjie’s Law of Gravity, that cemented his place in local music history. In 1993, the song won Record of the Year, Best Ballad and Best Performance by a Group at the Awit Awards.

Dasig also produced albums for Ariel Rivera, Rachel Alejandro, Vina Morales and Rico J. Puno.

His song “Sakayan Ng Jeep” was recently remade by Nikki Gil.

Dasig married his collaborator Odette Quesada, also a prolific hit composer, in 1993. Quesada is the composer of hits like “’Til I Met You” for Kuh Ledesma, “Don’t Know What To Do Don’t Know What To Say” for Ric Segreto, “Farewell” for Raymond Lauchenco and “To Love Again” for Sharon Cuneta.

The coupled moved to California, where they continued to be involved in the music industry. They wrote the music and libretto for the musical “Amerikana,” which starred US-based Filipino comedienne-singer Fe delos Reyes.

Details of Dasig’s death were still unavailable as of writing.