The Cantinas term refers to a genre of flamenco songs with happy and festive characters. The most well known of these styles is the alegrias, also known to be one of the toughest styles for the flamenco guitar player.
Online PR News – 19-May-2010 – – The Cantinas term refers to a genre of flamenco songs with happy and festive characters. The most well known of these styles is the alegrias, also known to be one of the toughest styles for the flamenco guitar player.
As Hober does explain "Flamenco Cantinas is not really a flamenco genre, the term rather defines a range of cantes (or styles of song) that all have the same base rhythm. Cantinas are generally live, happy songs; some of the more well known styles are the alegrias, mirabras and caracoles” this is what makes the Cantinas a very popular style not only among Spanish people, but among many cultures around the world.
It is interesting to note that the Cantinas were very popular in cafés cantantes (early twentieth century establishments that staged singing and dancing performances while serving drinks). Apparently people enjoy a style of music they never heard about before if it's lively and conducts in a happy atmosphere.
It is also interesting to note Hober's affinity to these styles, as he recognizes in this quote "Because it is such challenging to play these styles correctly I always find the satisfaction of a good performance very enjoyable, especially if it's accompanied by a few drinks afterward, and I often think about these kinds of parties”, the festive style is not at all limited to the songs.
All in all the Cantinas are fun, enjoyable styles suitable for all kinds of parties and also equally a challenge to the lead performers. Together with the bulerias they form the backbone of any flamenco get-together and are often the picture an outsider has about Spanish people.