The Heptones are a Jamaican rocksteady and reggae vocal trio most active in the 1960s and early 1970s. They were one of the more significant trios of that era, and played a major role in the gradual transition between ska and rocksteady with their three-part harmonies.
Lyrics also changed quite a bit. Ska and rocksteady songs tended to be fun, upbeat dance-friendly numbers, about love and other lighthearted pursuits. Though there are certainly plenty of songs with these themes throughout the reggae canon, reggae artists also wrote songs about politics, poverty, and religion (reggae gained favor at the same time that and he began the trend of talking about spirituality in lyrics).
As Jamaica became independent, it’s music took on a distinct home grown feel. We look at Ska and Rocksteady and 60’s Jamaican music.
Both ska and rocksteady were direct predecessors of reggae, the most widely recognized and widely popular Jamaican form of music. The influences of politics and social pressures, as well as an interest in producing music to dance to, fused to become ska and rocksteady, Jamaica's first musical genres.