May 31, 2020

Chanquete's grandchildren dance reggaeton

Maybe as you are reading these lines your mind has already begun to whistle the famous song of the series and to visualize a group of friends riding a bike. 40 years have passed since the light of Nerja enamorara the filmmaker Antonio Mercero (now a year ago) and chose this corner of the east of Malaga to shoot «Blue Summer», but its characters, the scenarios and everything that involved the series are still very present among the residents of this town where, today, continue to receive tourists asking (yesterday at the reception of a hotel) where to visit the places that appeared on the small screen. TVs that only had two channels and you even had to get up from the sofa to change them.

Tourism multiplied in Nerja thanks to this fiction: it was the end of the 70s and other figures of the now divided television "share" were handled; in fact, there were not even the audience meters that came with private channels, but in 1995 (during one of their referrals), it was calculated that 91.3% of Spaniards had seen, at least, one chapter of the wanderings of Quique, Piraña, Pancho, Javi, Bea, Desi and Tito with the old sailor Chanquete (who even has a street in Nerja) and his stranded fishing boat.

Now, the Netflix platform has wanted to add to its catalog of rescues of past successes (such as "Friends" or "The Prince of Bel Air") the first great success of Mercero and on Friday began to broadcast the legendary series that broke schemes to naturalize , for the first time on television, issues that are still controversial in post-Francoism such as divorce or sexuality. Even, unknowingly, incarnated the first PAH (Platform of Affected by the Mortgage) to refuse in brotherhood to leave the ship-housing of the fisherman to the cry of the legendary song "They will not move us."

The "geeks" of the series

Oddly enough, tourists are still arriving exclusively to visit the scenes of some symbolic scenes, such as the announcement of the death of Chanquete on the beach of La Caleta de Maro, the replica of the ship "La Dorada" in the Verano Azul park, the beach bar of "Ayo" in the Burriana or Balcón de Europa, which appears in the first chapter of the fiction and is the place where the kids begin to forge their friendship with Julia, that modern "new age" painter who inspired the girls from the gang.

Precisely at the foot of this imposing viewpoint, on the beach of Calahonda, we meet with a group of young people from Nerja and Frigiliana (13 minutes away) that could be the replica of those characters and we wonder if, beyond the aesthetics and the way to have fun, is really so different, the way of relating to a group of summer friends. What has changed from that generation to this one? "Everything", responds instantly and almost in unison this group of Malaga born in 1999. For example, "before you could park anywhere; Now forget about leaving the car here near the beach ».

They do not leave the house with the bike and stop in front of the balcony of the friend to shout his name to "get off" for a while; they have a WhatsApp group called "Che, Documentation" in which the 17 of the gang are, although there is a specific group "for the girls", confess Candela and Iris. "We speak for the group to see who we are and what plan we do" because, except one who works in a beach bar, the rest are on vacation after the second year of college in different faculties and, some, about to leave Erasmus on the next course. An opportunity to study abroad, for example, that neither Desi nor Quique or Pancho aspired because there was not the famous scholarship.

There are no easy walks to explore the mythical Nerja caves: now they are left to take a drink in the tea shop, to go shopping or to go to Burriana beach or to the beach, as in a lifetime, yes, but with the mobile phone charger on top. "Without a battery, you're thrown away right away," they say. And, although it costs us to recognize it, it is like that. This device that has changed our lives to all takes the first place to the most significant change between the two generations because to remain without looking at it for just an hour can generate anxiety in more than one.

So, with the phone left between them, they gossip, look for work and even flirt: "It all starts with '' likes '' on Instagram, then you start talking privately until you end up staying in person." But technology has not only changed the way of linking: "You can even order a pizza with your mobile and they bring it to you to eat it on the beach," they say.

Also from their smarthpones are entertained at home because, they say, do not watch TV. «Ni" Women and Men "or" GH ". We watch Netflix series or YouTube channels ». In fact, they follow youtubers of videogames (them) and make-up (them) and even an architect who explains curiosities about buildings, such as why NotreDame was destroyed after the April fire. In addition to «youtubers», now there are «tiktokers», also anonymous people that start to have thousands of followers in this new social network of videos of songs. But without a doubt it is Instagram that takes the cake. In addition to people from the town and the institute, they follow singers, bloggers or footballers ("influencers" all of them).

For Manu, Candela, Alex, Iris and Nico the passage of time in Nerja is noticeable in the homes and how far they still aspire to be owners. "My father always says that before the houses near the sea were fishermen and the most humble people. Now it's the other way around: the closer to the coast, the more expensive everything, "says Nico. The weekends go out partying, yes, as it has been done all the life, and drink the same combinations of yesteryear. Now they disperse in La Guarida or Fabrik and, when they close, they continue the party at Rockefeller or Jimmys. Although the fashions come back and precisely wear those high-waisted trousers worn by the protagonists of the series, the assiduity with which it now changes aesthetics (haircuts, Californian and backpacks of strings) has advanced to same rhythm as the music and even the way of dancing. The typical rhythms of guateque and the rock that emerged with strength at the end of the 70's have gradually faded to make way for the indisputable king of all the parties of twenty-somethings: reggaeton and his "perreo". Also trap or hip hop, but reggaeton, unanimously recognize, "is the best music to dance."

Although, for generational change, the lack of consideration that was before with the so-called "spoilers", that way to ruin a friend a movie revealing its end. And is that more than one neighbor remembers how in a magazine they announced, literally: "Chanquete dies in the next chapter of '' Blue summer ''». They do not give credit and they recognize between laughter that he is "very hard, uncle." And the language, of course, has also changed a lot.

Ayo, 130 guests per day

His name is Francisco Ortega but since it took him a lot of time to learn to speak and he finished the words in "ayo", that nickname remained. He was the one who fed the members of the entire team during the filming of the series because, at 81 years old, he has 40 with the bar in the same place. "Mercero liked my place because it was full of bougainvillea and it is his favorite flower. We gave meals to 130 people a day, "he recalls. More or less, the tables you have today in your business. Ayo is still taking photos daily with fans of the series.

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