Lee “Scratch” Perry’s, 70‘s classic, “Soul Fire”, was the ignition for the songwriter and singer Vassilis Savopoulos a.k.a “Jah Smiley” to form “Soul Fire” the first reggae band in Greece in the begining of 90’s.
After “Jah’ Smiley” set up his project studio, he formed this greek based reggae trio comprises, himself, (vocals and guitar) King John (drums) and T Wise (bass). Their live performances reach as far to the early 90’s and albeit they‘ve started by playing cover versions, such as, “Chase the Devil” by Max Romeo and “Soul Rebel”by Bob Marley, soon filled their live track listings only with their own deep roots reggae riddims. Since then,they are enjoying the respect of all their greek fans, and they are now considered to be the pioneers of the local reggae scene.
God, love, inner self, consciousness and justice could be the keywords for someone searching behind Jah Smileys songs. «Marley was the light and Burning Spear was the mystic spirit of reggae for me» he says. 2004 is the turning point, for their career.
The great producer Mad Professor (Ariwa Records), was surprised to discover such an original reggae band in Greece so he decided to produce their first album.
With the co-operation of a so prolific producer, Soul Fire recorded their groundbreaking and critically acclaimed album. Well-known artists participated, like drummer “Sinclair”, active member of “Lee Scratch Perrys band “Roboticks”. World famous reggae stars singing the backing vocals, like Aisha ,Cofi and Mafia from “Mafia&Fluxy” plus the MC Fredi Kruga.
New single 2013 released “Rasta people We Are”.The 2nd album of Soul Fire also released the same year titled “Wake Up your Lion” produced by Jah Smiley and mixed by Professor Skank.