Weekender: Fatoumata Diawara, singer, 29

'Sundays are quiet. I love to be at home, playing guitar, writing songs, tending to my window box'

I was born in Ivory Coast to Malian parents. When I refused to go to school, my parents sent me to be disciplined by my aunt in Bamako. I didn't see them again for more than 10 years. That sort of thing happens a lot in Mali.

I found comfort in singing, and still sing whenever I'm alone to keep myself company. In the end, when I was 19, I ran away from home to act with Royale de Luxe in Paris. They are one of the best theatre companies in France – similar to Cirque du Soleil.

I'm often away at weekends, performing in other countries, so on the rare occasions I'm at home in Paris, it's a treat to sleep late on Saturdays and have breakfast with my husband, Nicolo. Then we'll wander to Bastille, which is a really vibrant area. I don't drink alcohol or coffee, so I meet friends for juice at Le Paradis du Fruit.

I love watching films and live music at weekends. The Cinema La Bastille shows art-house films and the New Morning in Château d'Eau is an intimate music venue playing mainly jazz and world music – I saw Clint Eastwood's son Kyle play there. It's a bit rough around the edges – the paint is peeling and the furniture is creaky – but it's charming.

Sundays are quiet. I love to be at home, playing guitar, writing songs and tending to my window box. I mostly grow geraniums, because I love the colour red. The only other thing I like to do on Sunday is sleep. I sleep a lot.

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