JamaicaN-born musician Errol Lee is not the usual visitor you would expect to be addressing students at morning assembly. The Canadian-based singer-songwriter, who plays many styles of music, from R&B to hip-hop and rock, is spending five days at the Hong Kong International School (HKIS) as part of this year's Charles W Dull Visiting Scholar Series. The school has been organising the series since 2000. Lee will be the guest for Spiritual Life Week, with the theme 'Love = Respect', which begins today. In his soft, smooth voice, the 36-year-old says: 'Learning to love others is the basis for developing a good character. It is every person's duty to love, respect and value each other.' A familiar face at junior and secondary schools across North America and Europe, Lee has been touring international schools for the past three-and-a-half years. 'I have lost count of all the concerts I've performed in,' he says, 'but I'm more interested in how many lives were reached through those concerts.' Born in the land of reggae, this is Lee's first Asian tour and he will concentrate on character education and emotional intelligence. 'In some ways I don't know where my roots are, but judging from my surname I wouldn't be surprised if it was Asia,' he jokes. 'The kids here will have a wonderful time learning the words of Martin Luther King Junior, who said intelligence plus character is the true goal of education. A look at our character can tell us a lot about our future. What we become is determined by the way we treat others. Our character can been seen in the choices we make and in our actions.' Lee, a devout Christian, has found that music, which appeals to the hearts and minds of people, is the best tool to spread his message. However, he will also be addressing people in classrooms, chapels and assemblies. The performer spent 11 years spreading his message in community churches, juvenile prisons and detention centres before becoming a touring musician. 'Children and the youth are the energy of the country, and if we can take that energy and point it in the right direction our future will be positive,' he says. Asked how the audience should prepare for their first Errol Lee experience, he says: 'To look at themselves in the mirror and see not only nice clothes, a cool hairstyle or nice jewellery, but also the parts of them that could be improved. 'And to come to the concert ready to receive guidance on how to improve on those areas. Continue to build and strengthen these because we are all going to benefit from them in the end.' His Celebrating Character Concerts will take place on November 2 and 4 at 7pm at HKIS. Admission is free. For details, go to dnet.hkis.edu.hk/giving or contact Carol Lai at email@example.com or 3149 7811.