From: New York City
Sounds Like: A soft-spoken, jazzier Regina Spektor singing with Seu Jorge aka the guy who played the David Bowie songs in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
Kavita Shah is a New York-based jazz singer of Indian descent who sings original arrangements based in her Indian origins along with some clever pop covers. Her partnership with West African guitarist virtuoso Lionel Loueke, who also co-produced her excellent debut album Visions, gives her music an interesting edge, which at many times combines traditional Indian tablas with West African koras while sounding like a jazz quintet.
Visions is out now on Spotify and iTunes, which also includes a great jazzy cover of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes”.