Rising Appalachia – Alive Tour Diary 7 : Arouna Diarra

I first met Arouna Diarra in Ghana in 2007. At the time he was in his early 20s and didn’t speak any English yet. We played a song together and the song translated to mean if you want to follow your destiny it’s up to you. Some years later I met his older brother Yakhouba in San Francisco, and he sold me my first Ngoni. As fate would have it Arouna had moved to Asheville North Carolina. He began to teach me to play and make the instruments, and eventually we went on to form a duo that opened Several tours for Rising Appalachia. Since that time we have been writing songs and making instruments together. He is a treasure to work with and has become an integral part of the Rising Appalachia family.