MOSSMAN BAND’S HORROR ROAD TRIP
LOCAL Latin American band Los Caracoles are back into performing and entertaining after a horrific car accident while on their first overseas tour in Chile last November.
Mossman vocalist Angela Zammataro said that although the crash was quite serious, most of the members of the band continued on tour.
“We were travelling in two taxis to a gig in Puerto Montt, down south of the country, when one of the taxis was involved in a crash,” Angela said, “and my godson, Jessi Dunbar, ended up with a spinal fracture.
“Segundo Nitor, our director and my partner, suffered a broken jaw and ribs and our photographer and assistant, Bridget Osterman-Rowen, who is also from Mossman, was knocked unconscious. “I was travelling with the other band members in the second taxi so was unhurt,” she said.
Jessi was transferred to a hospital in Santiago and Angela accompanied him back to Australia.
“Not only was did Jessi have a very serious injury, but he didn’t speak any Spanish,” Angela said, “but he is now on the Sunshine Coast recovering and doing really well.
“Potentially the whole incident could have been a lot worse – we were very fortunate,” Angela said, “and we were very buoyed by the support from back home and abroad.”
The band’s purpose for touring was a cultural exchange be- tween Australia and Chile, especially for the younger Australian members.
They carried letters from both the Chilean Embassy and the Douglas Shire.
Los Caracoles performed last week at The Crown Hotel in Cairns with a variety of other performers including Johno’s Blues Band and Ollie McGill from The Cat Empire.
“It was really well attended and a great night,” Angela said.
She said they hope to host cultural nights which will feature South American drink and music.
“We would have traditional things like Mate (pronounced mahtay), a strong herbal tea which is drunk around South America,” she said, “and you drink it through a stainless steel straw and, after wiping it clean, pass it on to the next person – a very special drink.
“We haven’t set any dates for performing in the Douglas Shire yet but we are very keen.
“The band has new energy and new material.” food,
Segundo Nitor suffered a broken jaw and ribs and Bridget Osterman-Rowen, who is also from Mossman, was knocked unconscious
Los Caracoles performing in South America