Music comes various forms and each form has its special characteristics that make it unique and different from the others. Every form of music has its appreciators but some forms seem to become more popular than others. Tropical music is one such form of music that was discovered during mid of 20th century. Tropic music is actually a level that was given to the Latin music that was from the Caribbean. The music existed from many centuries but with the tag of tropical music, it rediscovered itself in a new form. It covers a broad spectrum of music that belongs to Spanish-speaking islands including the typical music derived from the Caribbean coasts. It is also associated with one of the very popular genres of the Caribbean that is known by the term “Salsa” in the whole world.
Tropical music is believed to have originated in the middle of the 20th century between the time period of 1940 and 1950. It covers almost every form of music that comes from the Caribbean except the Cuban music. Cuban music had already established its own genre which is very well known in most parts of America. It is also known to some extent in Europe but not as much as in America. Cuban music has a significant and unique place in the world of music which is the main reason why it was not included as part of tropical music. As the tropical music started to become more popular, people started to use it as the form of music that separates typical Caribbean music from inland genres. Some of the popular forms of music that were included in tropical music included son Cubano, cumbia etc and tropic music helped to distinguish it from norteno and Tejano.
It is important to note that although the term ‘tropic music was coined in the 20th century, it does not mean that tropical music did not exist before this period. In fact, these forms of music were discovered long back during the 16th century when the Europeans invaded the Caribbean and also brought it to America. However, it remained unknown and restricted to only a few places. One of the main factors that promoted tropical music globally was the popularity of Cuban contradanza. It was another form of music from the Caribbean that actually helped Tropical music to be recognized among the music lovers in American and other parts of the world.
There is an important role of Cuba in helping tropical music to evolve and develop into a special form of music. It brought about several variations in the tropical music as a result of its fusion with the other popular forms of music such as son Cubano and bolero. The popularity of tropical music was not just limited to the Caribbean but spread to various parts of the world that belonged to the United States, Africa and South America. Some of its popular forms include Puerto Rican music, Dominican Republic etc. Tropical music has thousands of lovers in various parts of America and Africa.