Sergio Soto, a.k.a. Cheko, turned to reggae music when he was living in Mexico because of its positive message of hope and love.
“It helped me live with all sorts of social problems. It allowed me to express political messages, focusing on political and social issues,” said Soto.
He took his love of reggae with him when he moved to Canada 10 years ago.
He didn’t speak English, but wanted to continue to sing and write reggae songs.
It took five years, but he connected with other musicians and they formed Cheko and the Lion Rockers.
The band performs songs in both English and Spanish.
“We try to come with energy … we are trying to bring our best music,” said Soto.
He said Cheko and the Lion Rockers sing about love, equality, conscientiousness and positivity.
The group performs with the South America All-Stars in Nanaimo at the Queen’s Friday (Sept. 23). Doors open at 10 p.m.
Tickets are $10 in advance from the Queen’s and Mambo Gourmet Pizza or $12 adults and $10 for students at the door.
For more info please go to www.chekoroots.com.