I'll Sing for You (2004)

I'll Sing for You

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In the early '60s, the West African nation of Mali was under French rule as its people struggled toward independence, and musician Boubacar Traoré became a star in his home country as its people dreamed of political freedom and better lives. Boasting a strong, blues-influenced voice and a hypnotic guitar style, Traoré -- better known as "Kar Kar" -- played music that showed the influence of the newer pop and rock sounds from Europe and the United States, and spoke of love and freedom in equal … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jacques Sarasin
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On DVD: Feb 22, 2005
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

Features not one word of comment from its subject, but it does offer plenty of musical numbers and an impressionistic portrait of his life and times.

July 6, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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Enjoyable if only to hear KarKar perform his mournful and personal songs, including a tender tribute to his late wife.

June 4, 2004
New York Post
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Jacques Sarasin's documentary blends the history of post-colonial Mali with the life of one of its most popular musicians, the guitarist and singer Boubacar KarKar Traor.

Full Review… | June 3, 2004
New York Times
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A musical biopic conceived as a lyric dreamscape, as a meditation on fate and faith.

Full Review… | June 3, 2004
Newsday
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One of those sanctifying docs that rambles when it should explore.

Full Review… | June 2, 2004
Entertainment Weekly
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The reverent pacing lags a bit, but the film's meditation on the struggle to find spirituality that reconciles Islam with tribal belief systems is powerful in its understatement.

Full Review… | June 1, 2004
Village Voice
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