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  • Summary: A love story by a singer whose music takes us on a social, political and geographic voyage of Mali from 1960 to our day. (First Run Features)
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
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  1. 80
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Eisner
    80
    Educational value aside, pic is exciting for its extended performance sequences, with the most notable finding Traore and Farke strolling with guitars through the acoustically amazing atrium of an abandoned mud schoolhouse.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    For fans of African music, "Sing" is a rich archeological dig; for newcomers with open ears, it might be a revelation.
  4. One of those sanctifying docs that rambles when it should explore.
  5. 63
    Enjoyable if only to hear KarKar perform his mournful and personal songs, including a tender tribute to his late wife.
  6. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    60
    A meandering and disappointing documentary about one of Africa's most beloved yet elusive musical giants.
  7. What they say, mostly over black-and-white stills from his early career and meandering footage of desolate Mali, could be said in 10 minutes. The good news is that much of the remaining documentary is devoted to Kar Kar's elegant voice and exquisite guitar playing.

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