Henry James (1954 - 19 December 2015), better known as Peter Broggs, was a Jamaican reggae musician. He was a successful artist in Jamaica and well known in the international reggae scenes.
Born in 1954 in Hanover Parish, Jamaica, in the early 1970s, he decided to move to Kingston to find work. There he found himself among reggae artists and musicians such as Gregory Isaacs, Bingy Bunny, Errol Holt and others who worked in the Jamaican music industry at the time.
Peter Broggs sang and recorded sporadically during the 1970s, and his music was mostly about the Rastafari movement. His debut album Progressive Youth, was released in 1979. One song recorded at this time was "Jah Golden Throne", recorded at the Channel One Studios and King Tubby studios, and released in the UK on the short-lived Selena imprint in 1980. His Rastafari Liveth! album was the first release on RAS Records, in 1982. On his 1990 album Reasoning he was backed by The Wailers and Roots Radics. In 2000 he released Jah Golden Throne, a collaboration with Jah Warrior.
Broggs suffered a stroke on 27 August 2004, and this left him paralyzed on the right side and hardly able to speak. The album Igzabihir Yakal was released in 2005; the album has been recorded with Dubcreator at the DC Studio for sound system team King Shiloh in Amsterdam in 2002 and the profit from this album went to help pay Broggs' medical bills.
Broggs died on 19 December 2015, aged 61.
- Progressive Youth (1979), Ital Music
- Rastafari Liveth (1982), RAS
- Rise and Shine (1985), RAS
- Cease the War (1987), RAS
- Reasoning (1990), RAS
- Reggae In Blues (1993), De;clic
- Peter Broggs Sings for the Children (1993), Golden Harvest
- Rejoice (1997), RAS
- Jah Golden Throne (2000), Jah Warrior
- Jah Golden Throne Dubwise (2000), Jah Warrior
- Igzabihir Yakal (2005), King Shiloh
- Fire Fe Lucifer (2009), Jah Warrior
- Never Give Up (2009), Jah Warrior
- RAS Portraits: Peter Broggs (1997), RAS
- Never Forget Jah - The Early Years 1976-1986 (2001), Nocturne
- This Is Crucial Reggae (2005), Sabctuary
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- ^ Sources vary - some state he was 61, others 64