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Carlton “Santa” Davis

Kingston, Jamaica


Carlton “Santa” Davis was born in Kingston, Jamaica and is recognized as one of the top reggae recording and live drummers in the world. He has toured with artists such as Jimmy Cliff,  Black Uhuru, Burning Spear, Big Youth, The Wailers, Peter Tosh, Andrew Tosh, Wailing Souls, Ini Kamoze, Big Mountain, Michael Rose, and many more. As a studio drummer, his work has helped to shape what is still today the standard in reggae music. His recording credits include some of the most classic reggae tunes of all time such as “Africa Unite,” and “Chant Down Babylon” by Bob Marley as well as most of the album Liberation by Bunny Wailer, “Marcus Garvey” and Tradition” by Burning Spear, “Money in My Pocket” and “West Bound Train” by Dennis Brown, and others.

Currently, Santa is the official drummer for Ziggy Marley and remains one of the most sought after drummers in the business.


Kingston, Jamaica

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