Errol “Duke” Strachan

Portrait of Errol “Duke” Strachan
Portrait of Errol “Duke” Strachan by Vado Culmer


Born in Acklins in 1932, Errol Strachan became interested in singing around the age of 11. Over the years he was a tailor, mechanic, carpenter and taxi driver but singing and music was always his passion.

His singing career got started when the late Freddie Munnings opened his band to Errol. Largely self-taught, Errol mastered calypso. In 1959 he formed his own band, later renaming it “Duke Errol and the Lords”. He is credited with forming The National Youth Orchestra and training hundreds of musicians.