Singer and actor Carlton Rara, also known as CARL'O. was born in France in 1975 to a Haitian mother and a French father.
He grew up attending artists of all kind : jazzmen Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey, choregrapher Carolyn Carlson, musicians Salif Keita and Zakir Hussain, director Peter Brook and many more who made him someone curious about the world.
He first started as a self taught solo performer, singing and playing percussions, then he progressively brought out all his influences ranging from blues, reggae, voodoo, soul and pop music to eventually create a new style of his own.
Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau, Bill Withers, bluesman Taj Mahal, The Police, Ryuichi Sakamoto, rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, André Benjamin, are some of the various performers that most inspired him.
His second album HOME ranges in the best world/jazz albums of year 2012 according to french magazine Les Inrocks.
In 2013, his song Do You Love Me is part of the soundtrack of feature film Joséphine starring Marilou Berry.
Famous film maker Pedro Almodovar mentioned Carlton's music as one of the most inspiring tunes he was listening to while making the film I'm so Excited.
Carlton also performs as an actor in drama plays and a voice actor for films, documentaries and audio books.
As a film buff, he founded and managed the Arts des Suds Film Festival with Fatima Benjou from 2008 to 2013 in Mont de Marsan (France). He still invites film makers and actors to present their films in movie theaters.
"The production sounds like from the Louisiania cauldron dear to the Neville Brothers or to the open and generous Taj Mahal's blues. Papa Danbala waves on a reggae rythm, I was you grooves on a relentless bass line and two ballads like Do you love me or the moving Dlo Koule highlight the warm voice of the musician. Rele mèt Tanbou atomizes the kompa and Resonen vibrates with splendid guitars "
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"The swaying groove of the Haitian RARA remains on this new album, lovely ... Carlton Rara reminds us of a stunning synthesis of the original African impulse, a fragrant Caribbean swaying and of an imperial reggae."
"Some of the soul of Haiti : Carlton Rara's shack hides on the banks of a spiritual Mississippi crisscrossing the entire Caribbean ... A mixed blues, a little bearded and a little rasta, slowly soaking souls... "
"A unique hoarse voice, lovingly coiled on Haitian rythms, an Afro-Caribbean swing that sticks to the skin like a voodoo anointing and this unique way to sweat the essential of blues, including in the most tender reggae ".