At a young age Awa Diarra decided to create music with a group of other artists with disabilities. The resulting ensemble, Hine-So, was created in 1991 by the Malian Association of People with Physical Disabilities with the goal of raising awareness about people with disabilities. From 1991 to 1998, Diarra succeeded in creating an album with the group Folie ou Salut (in French, Madness or Hello). From 1998 to 2000, she produced her second album, Afrique berceaux de l'humanité (Africa, Cradle of Humanity). From 2000 to 2002 she participated in the national Malian television show Top É toile (Top Star), winning first place in 2002.