From Andalusia, the southernmost province of Spain. This folkloric song was collected by Federico García Lorca in the 1920s.


*Equivalent to "Frankie".


According to Francisco Bejarano Robles, it's called "El café de Chinitas" because a theater actor whose alias was 'El Chinitas' and famous at that time used to perform there. According to the flamencologist Gonzalo Rojo, his real name was Gabriel López."

Note: The "Café de Chinitas" was a small theater/"singing" café in Malaga between 1857 and 1937. It seems to owe its name to the small pebbles (chinitas) that covered its patio floor.



Many thanks to Nancy Membrez for sharing this song and for singing it for us!