Rocksteady

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Rocksteady is a style of music that grew out of Ska in the 1960s.

In its simplest terms, rocksteady is half-speed Ska, where the brass has been replaced by piano and/or prominent bass, sometimes together, sometimes working in a Jazz style question and answer fashion.

The lyrics tend to be more socially and politically aware, with a greater focus on harmonies, most notably in trios like the Heptones, Gaylads, Dominoes, and the Wailers.

Other major artists would include Alton Ellis and Ken Boothe.

Due to Rocksteady having a relaxed beat and social-protest lyrics, it's seen to be a forerunner to Reggae.