WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JULIO CABRERA?
WHATEVER HAPPPENED TO MARIA TERESA HARTNELL?
Julio Cabrera is well-remembered by many Victorians as the man who first introduced ‘Latino’ dance music to this outpost of Empire in the early eighties.
He helped form the Cumbia band, which quickly became the most popular Latino dance band in these parts; in fact it was the only one for some time.
He recorded a number of cassettes and CDs in those years, and has left a living legacy behind him in Victoria, with many people remembering the excitement and novelty of those sounds to their ears, and wondering what ever happened to him.
Julio had to return to Puerto Vallarta for personal reasons, and after he left, the band changed the spelling of their name to ‘Kumbia’ for some reason.
They are still playing occasionally, usually hired by the Moss Street Art Gallery for the post Moss Street Art Walk beer garden dance party.
I commissioned the Chilena writer Valentina Cambiazo to do a bilingual interview with Julio that appeared with Jamie Jenkins’ photos in an early number of LA ROSA, my occasional paper publication in those halcyon days.
It was full of embarrassing typos for which I had to apologize to Julio, Valentina and my Spanish-speaking readers, but I believe that it may have been the first bilingual interview ever published in the Spanish and English languages in Victoria.
Later my dear sister Maria Teresa Hartnell married Julio, and they moved to the Jaliscan town of Mascota, about an hour and a half up the Mascota River valley, in the Sierras above Julio’s native city of Puerto Vallarta, on the highway to Guadalajara.
They first fixed up an old Meson in the colonial quarter of that enchanted town, and lately they have been doing extensive renovations to their hilltop home overlooking a beautiful lake in the neighbouring village of Yerba Buena.
On that property they have fixed up an ancient ‘hermita’ or hermitage to the Virgen de Guadalupe that has been used by the local faithful campesinos since circa 1800.
Recently, Julio was up in the area of the hermita, which is situated on a mountainside, with his neice, and like Saint Juan Diego before them, they both smelled the beautiful scent of roses while in the area, and yet, there were no roses blooming anywhere nearby!
This phenomenon has been noted by the campesinos in the area over the centuries, according to the local old priest.
It explains why the hermita is hallowed ground to them, and why a mass was celebrated there recently in honour of the Virgen, Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, with hundreds of faithful attending.
A new Youtube video has been made to give visitors an idea of what Julio and Maria have accomplished in their exquisite ‘Santuario de la Yerba Buena’, and a link to it can be found in the comments section below.
‘Con muchos amores’
‘Goyo de la Rosa’