Peetah Morgan, Morgan Heritage Lead Singer, Dies at 46

Sunday, February 25, 2024
Peter Anthony Morgan (Peetah Morgan)
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  • Peter “Peetah” Morgan, lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning Reggae band Morgan Heritage, has died at the age of 46.

Peter “Peetah” Morgan, lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning Reggae band Morgan Heritage, has died at the age of 46.

The band, known for songs such as Don’t Haffi Dread (To Be Rasta), Down by the River, Tell Me How Come, and She’s Still Loving Me, announced Peetah’s passing on Sunday (February 25) but did not disclose the cause of death.

“It is out of sincere love that we share that our beloved husband, father, son, and brother and lead singer of Morgan Heritage Peter Anthony Morgan has ascended today,” the Morgan family wrote in a statement posted to Instagram. “Jah come and save from ourselves because love is only way.”

“Our family thanks you in advance for your overwhelming love and support, and we ask your continued prayers as we go through this process. We also ask that you please respect our privacy during this time of healing.”

In 2022, the family mourned the passing of its patriarch and veteran Reggae singer Denroy Morgan, who fathered 30 children.

Denroy’s children formed several groups, including Morgan Heritage, which initially comprised Peter “Peetah” Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy “Gramps” Morgan, Nakhamyah “Lukes” Morgan, and Memmalatel “Mr. Mojo” Morgan.

Una Morgan and Lukes Morgan are now past members.

Morgan Heritage’s last project was The Homeland, released in April 2023. It was described as a “World Music” album combining the sounds of Africa and Jamaica.

Their debut album, dubbed Miracles, was released back in 1994, just months after making their first appearance on the main stage at the Reggae Sunsplash music festival.

In 2015 their album Strictly Roots spent 44 weeks on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, peaking at No. 1. That album has the distinction of taking home the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album, over other successful albums such as Jah Cure’s The Cure, Luciano’s Zion Awake, and Barrington Levy’s Acousticalevy in 2016.

They were also nominated for Best Reggae Album in 2017 for their album, Avrakedabra.

Peetah Morgan’s solo career saw the release of songs such as Better World (2023), My Makeda (2012), Heart Like Lion with Jah Sun (2012), Unfair with Busy Signal (2010), and Bye Bye (2009).

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