Fatoumata Diawara’s biography reads like something from a movie: After refusing to attend school, the 12-year-old Malian was sent to live with her aunt, and eventually landed her first acting role. But when her parents forced her to abandon a blossoming career, she fled to Paris and began singing. Diawara’s debut album, Fatou, showcases the soulful voice of a woman who’s always followed her heart. Repeats Wed. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, jazzalley.com. 7:30 p.m. $24.50. All ages. ACP
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