Tropical music is what we call Spanish Music. This particular category of music denotes Latin music from the Caribbean. The term ‘tropical music’ first emerged in the 1940’s, which only covered tunes from the Hispanophone Caribbean but excluded Cuban music. It was later in the 20th century that the term got a wider meaning and started differentiating Caribbean genres from inland genres.
Because of its geographical roots, this category of music combines elements from European and African regions. Even though the term emerged in the 20th century, its style can be traced back to the 16th century when the Caribbean was discovered, and the Europeans had invaded it. It was in the 19th century that the music became a global phenomenon as Cuba became popular.
Rumba and salsa, two very famous dances are based on tropical music. Moreover, these dances seem to be quite famous in the United States. In the same way, the music that surrounds these two dances are quite popular in the US. Tropical Music has made its way into the hearts of not only the United States but also Africa and South America.
With such attracting music, specific instruments are used to create them. Tropical music also known as Caribbean music has specific instruments that give it the hump and thump. Those specific instruments have special names to them too. Some of the instruments used to create such music are the buleador (a large drum), a güiro (a gourd played with a stick), a cuatro (4-string guitar), bongos, congos, a timbalero, panderetas (short drums that look like tambourines), panderos, claves and palitos and cajones.
Caribbean melodies never seems to let anyone down. Whether it’s a song by Romeo Santos or by Daddy Yankee. Spanish is a beautiful language and a song written in such a language where the music reflects its culture is obviously something that will capture hearts. Another famous artist is Shakira. In addition, who hasn’t heard of her? She just makes us all want to move our hips on her demand with her amazing and catchy music!