the musicians who got on the train for a few stations...
Veteran of the Swiss Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae scene, Phil composes, arranges, produces and performs as singer and as a heavy one drop drums composer.
He was the drumming & singing leader of the legendary Heartbeat Band 1983-1990, first reggae band in Switzerland which eventually played 1988-1990 as backing band for Rico Rodriguez MBE after having brought him back from Jamaica to Switzerland January 1988 (hit song: “Can’t stop Rudie”).
He then became songwriter and singer for the famous Mad Lighters since 1991(hit song: “After the storm”) and is currently not only singing, recording and performing with Spahni’s Dub dancers alongside Dennis Bovell but also working on his own projects.
Gaining serious attention and enthusiastic praises in the Jazz world over the past years, not only for his virtuosity and audacious improvisations, Samuel is a prolific and generous talent in collaboration. He blows here with all his soul on 5 chosen tracks.
Sam made the headlines in New York’s City Jazz Records magazine, which ranked him among the 5 best musicians of the year 2013!
A graduate of the Conservatory, he won prizes, contributed to numerous prestigious projects, such as his collaboration with the Vienna Art Orchestra or by representing Switzerland on the European Big Band "Tribute to Oscar Peterson" Tour in 2005.
Certainly one of the world’s most talented and prolific drumer. He’s been all over the place in the past 30 year and there are no known rhythms that he can’t beat ! He can be found on more than a hundred recordings done for all sorts of bands and producers. He certainly ranks amongst the best Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae drummers of his generation.
Daniel has been Dennis Bovell’s Dub Band entrusted drummer for the past 15 years backing the legendary Linton Kwesi Johnson ever since. Daniel was also the drummer for the above mentioned MadLIghters and for numerous projects, including his own “Spahni’s Dub Dancers” which regularly features guests such as Dennis Bovell and Phil Santschi (5 CD’s to date). He is also a very talented composer, arranger and producer.
Creator and leader of this project, Cedric is a musician who is interested in all sorts of musical styles, has no boundaries, loves exploring new horizons and sharing them. His music is sometimes for bands and gigs, sometimes for theater and plays, sometimes for fun and thought. Always extraordinary and outstanding.
Cedric is a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, a great composer and an inventive arranger too. He plays most of the instruments on the tracks. His work is quite impressive: rich, free spirited and playful, just like Jamaican Rocksteady of which he’s been a fan for numerous years.
For a long time, Cedric wished to work on this fresh, spontaneous, joyful and playful music, not only with ”traditional” instruments but also with some really unexpected ones for this style of music. With the exception of the drums, the trumpet and the trombone, he plays all the other instruments on these recordings.
Here is a musician with 40 years of experience, famous across the globe for his progressive creations, who, this time, puts all his skills at the service of this wonderful music: Jamaican Rocksteady of the early sixties.
Dennis « Dubmaster » Bovell is a legend in the UK. It had to be him singing on Ramgoat Liver, a hit from his childhood in the Bahamas before he emigrated to the UK. Dennis counts amongst the few true pioneers of Ska, Reggae, Lovers Rock, Calypso music in the UK.
He is a hyperactive producer, sound engineer, genial mixer, multi instrumentalist, great singer and band leader who has been collaborating for the past 30 years with Linton Kwesi Johnson, Alpha Blondy, I-Roy, Madness, Fela Kuti, Matumbi, Janet Kay, The Slits, Bananarama and many more.
He still enjoys a very prolific career currently working for himself with his Dub Band, LKJ and for stars such as Boy George, Arcade fire, Soothsayers and Joss Stone.
Bobby Mr Soulman Johnson - during the early 60′s, Bobby immigrated to London from Jamaica then to Switzerland, Neuchâtel. He is a fantastic Soul singer and performer. His rhythm & blues band named “Bobby Johnson & The Atoms”, played regularly in central London and he performed with international artists such as Ike & Tina Turner, Eric Burdon, Georgie Fame & The Blues Flames, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band to name a few. He has been touring with his band ever since in Italy, Germany, France and Switzerland.
Bobby "Mr Soulman"
backing vocals sur "Run for cover" & "Belinda"
trumpet sur "Steady Freddy"
Phil’s old time music partner since more than 30 years, veteran of the Swiss Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae scene. Composer, producer, arranger, mixer, heavy duty bass player and leader of the very famous MadLighters (4 CDs featuring Rico Rodriguez, mixed by Mad Professor). Previously bass player for the Heartbeat Band featuring Rico in the 80’s and during 10 years. Anton appears here on a selection of tunes.