I'll Sing For You If the Buena Vista Social Club had consisted of just one member, the documentary about it might have looked a lot like I'll Sing for… I'll Sing For You If the Buena Vista Social Club had consisted of just one member, the documentary about it might have looked a lot like I'll Sing for… 2004-03-26 Unrated PT80M Documentary Foreign Language First Run Features
Movie Review

I'll Sing For You (2004)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
I'll Sing For You | GOOD VIBRATIONS The lilting melodies of an African singer color this doc
GOOD VIBRATIONS The lilting melodies of an African singer color this doc
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Mar 26, 2004; Rated: Unrated; Length: 80 Minutes; Genres: Documentary, Foreign Language; Distributor: First Run Features

If the Buena Vista Social Club had consisted of just one member, the documentary about it might have looked a lot like I'll Sing for You. The man in question is Boubacar Traoré, who was known in the early '60s as Karkar, the Elvis of Mali. We see him in vintage clips and guitar-stud photos, singing anthems of independence, and then later, in 2001, when he returns to his native African land as an aging folksinger, with a trancelike voice that merges with his curlicued guitar playing almost as if it were another string on the instrument. Traoré is a hypnotic musician and, from what we can tell, a gentle and pensive soul, but the truth is that we learn very little about him. ''I'll Sing for You'' is one of those sanctifying docs that rambles when it should explore.

Originally posted Jun 02, 2004 Published in issue #769 Jun 11, 2004 Order article reprints