A gentle portrait of a musician whose music provides a bridge from Africa to America.
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.
Though Traoré never talks directly on camera, he speaks volumes through numerous bluesy tunes he performs for the film.
| Original Score: B
KarKar's performance is intimate, the film is not.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Enjoyable if only to hear KarKar perform his mournful and personal songs, including a tender tribute to his late wife.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This graceful portrait of the great Malian singer and guitarist Boubacar Traore is also as a fascinating snapshot of Mali in the decades following the west African nation's independence from France in 1960.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The final product feels frustratingly incomplete.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
A musical biopic conceived as a lyric dreamscape, as a meditation on fate and faith.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
One of those sanctifying docs that rambles when it should explore.
| Original Score: B-
Meandering and disappointing.
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.
For fans of African music, Sing is a rich archeological dig; for newcomers with open ears, it might be a revelation.
| Original Score: 3/4
We rarely hear from KarKar outside of his songs, and it's hard to conclude the most basic facts about the fame he lost.
| Original Score: 2/4
It never really feels like we've gotten to know the man himself, leaving the figure at the heart of I'll Sing for You a cipher.
Kar Kar's singing is wonderfully expressive, and an improvised song to his wife at her grave site demonstrates the emotional wellspring of his music.
| Original Score: 2/5