PETER Broggs, a roots singer whose 1982 album Rastafari Liveth! helped launch RAS Records, has died.
The French website, unitedreggae.com, reported that he died from complications of a stroke on December 19. He was 64 years-old.
Born Henry James in Hanover, Broggs began recording in the 1970s. Late that decade, he met Gary ‘Dr Dread’ Himelfarb, an American who hosted a reggae radio show in Washington DC.
When Himelfarb launched RAS Records in 1982, Rastafari Liveth was its first album. Five of Broggs’ 12 albums were done for the independent label, one of the largest distributors of reggae during the 1990s.
His last album for RAS was Rejoice, released in 1997.
Broggs had a loyal following in Europe. His work was the subject of compilation albums released by small independent labels on that continent and North America.