Enter the Lion’s den
Since the early 1990s, Green Lion has been on a journey with reggae music. After collecting his music for several years, Green Lion started selecting in local pubs alongside some local DJs and this eventually grew into becoming ‘Green Lion Sound System’. Due to a small crowd of reggae lovers in his home town in Dorset, Green Lion decided to start using his music collection and Sound System as a way to do charity events, under the name ‘Easyvibe’. The Easyvibe concept was to get families out together, to listen to reggae and other genres of music while raising money for charities. During this time, around 2009, Green Lion met Idren Natural and started playing percussion in the band the Dub Educators. In the following years Green Lion played in the band and selected at their events, whilst also creating and playing at Easyvibe gigs.
During 2010 ‘Community Sound’ was created. This is a flag under which Green Lion would put together several larger charity gigs, now working with the immense force that is ‘Instrument of Jah’ Sound System. After becoming a member of the crew and a part time selector for Instrument of Jah (I.o.J) Soundsystem, Green Lion went on to work at ‘One Love Festival’.
After 2014 and the loss of Patrick Anselm, the founder of I.o.J Soundsystem, Green Lion went on to represent I.o.J in various festivals, and in Yorkshire,( I.o.J’s birthplace). Since 2009 Green Lion has also been working as a vocal artist and music maker. Singing on rhythms by Squire Jon, Jah Zohar, Don Golliath, King Dauda, Underdub etc. with a couple of releases on ‘Lioness Izasha’ and Svaha Records’ labels. Green Lion now selects with over 20 years of experience from Roots to Steppas, from pub gardens to London festivals.
Green Lion is a veteran of Wilkswood Reggae having played at the fledgling festival in 2016 alongside Selah Collins and Warriah Force. He also appeared in 2017 alongside the late Jah Spirit who sadly passed away early this year and in who’s honour the soundsystem stage has been named.