Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Moya Stevens

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

An­gela Zam­mataro

Los Cara­coles per­form­ing in South Amer­ica

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