The project


Created and co-produced by Cedric Vuille & Phil Santschi, Steady Engine is a 16 tunes project which pays a vibrant tribute to some of the greatest artists of Jamaicain Rocksteady (1966 to 1968).



Played with an immense respect for this music and its creators, Rock U Steady is an absolute cocktail of rhythm, melodies and sounds supported by a complete rhythm section (bass, drums, keyboards, organ, electric guitars, etc.), arranged with many unusual instruments (ukulele, bantare, clarinets, sithar, kalimba, etc.), some brass and loads of vocals.

The result is highly original, solid and vibrant. It has an incomparable feel and touch that evokes exotic islands’ music style and it aims at making people dance and be happy.


« With this music, we really hope
to make people want to danse
and make them happy ! »


To make this dream come true, some famous veterans were called on from the national and international Ska and Reggae scenes as well as from the world of jazz and soul (see below: Dennis Bovell, Daniel Spahni, Bobby « Mr Soulman » Johnson, Sam Blaser, etc.)


Rocksteady is a music genre that originated in Jamaica around 1966. A slower successor of ska and a precursor to Reggae, Rocksteady was performed by Jamaican vocal harmony groups such as The Gaylads, The Maytals, The Heptones, The Paragons, The Wailers… and solo singers such as Ken Boothe, John Holt, Hopeton Lewis. The term rocksteady comes from a dance style that was mentioned in the Alton Ellis song "Rock Steady". Dances performed to rocksteady were less energetic than the earlier ska dances.


Rocksteady uses some of the musical elements of rhythm and blues (R&B), jazz, ska, African and Latin American drumming, and other genres. One of the most easily recognizable elements, as in ska, are offbeat rhythms; staccato chords played by a guitar and piano on the offbeats of the measure.

(…) - Please refer to: wikipedia

What is ja Rocksteady?