Fatoumata Diawara to perform at Jazz Alley in April

At the age of 18, Diawara was already a renowned actress within her country of origin, Mali. Offers for acting roles poured in, but Diawara’s family wanted her to settle down and marry. After much soul-searching, Diawara made the daring decision to run away. At the Bamako airport, she managed to board a plane for Paris, narrowly escaping the pursuit of the police who had been alerted to the girl’s “kidnapping.”

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