From Bouaké in Ivory Coast, Adama Diarra, nicknamed "Petit Adama", is considered very young as a great djembe player. When 12 years old, the late Soungalo Coulibaly notices him, and integrates him in his band as a solist. Adama will spend his whole adolescence with him.
Since his arrival in Bamako (Mali) in 1993, his qualities as a multi instruments musicians (djembé, dunun, guitar, balafon, kora, n'goni) and a composer enabled him to be asked to work with them by the greatst artists of the Malian scene: Babani Koné, Amy Koita, Kandia Kouyaté, Kassé Mady Diabaté, Bassékou Kouyaté, Djelimady Tounkara or Cheick Tidiane Seck.
More recently, Dee Dee Bridgewater asked him to be part of the Malian band playing on her last opus Red Earth - A malian journey (DDB Records 2007) that would accompany her on a world tour.
Adama also shares with us his talent of author-composer when recording his first album TOUNGA (Kounta Kinté 2004), that he presented during a French Tour with his band DIARRA KAN.
He belongs to the new wave of musicians who make tradition evolve through new rhythms and melodies. The sound he produces with his kora and n'goni, traditional string instruments, is totally innovative; Adama composed new pieces on a new arabo-hispanic sounding range.