The Armenian jazz virtuoso pianist, Tigran Hamasyan is a powerhouse musical force to be reckoned with. In 2017, the 31-year-old composer released probably his most accessible and gorgeous album to date, An Ancient Observer. He manages to capitivate his listeners with his sheer raw talent and intricate melodies inspired by world-folk music and Eastern European traditional tunes. He also beatboxes and hums falsetto harmonies while shredding away on both a synthesizer and a grand piano.
Fatoumata Diawara is an Ivory Coast born Malian singer/songwriter who currently resides in Paris, France. In 2011, she released her first full-length album, Fatou, featuring West African drummer Tony Allen, virtuoso kora player Toumani Diabaté, and Led Zeppelin bass legend John Paul Jones.