Sanam Abdolazimzadeh, Turkey – Azerbaijani jazz singer Sanam Abdolazimzadeh had to leave her native Iran, where women are forbidden from singing, to pursue her career in Turkey.
Sanam Abdolazimzadeh, Turkey – Now she is recording music in Istanbul, where she sings in a mixture of Turkish and Azieri, the Azerbaijani language.
Soulspeak, China – Chinese-American producer Jeff Llang, a.k.a. Soulspeak, has just released his first solo album, a skittering journey through soulful electronica and hip hop.
Soulspeak, China – Now based in Beijing, Soulspeak grew up in Los Angeles, where his musical career culminated in him producing for Snoop Dogg.
Nicholson, India – Moving east to India, singer, songwriter and keyboardist Nicholson is one of the country's most striking young talents.
Nicholson, India – Blending haunting vocals with electronica, Nicholson aims to create "sound sculptures" by treating machines as instruments.
Desert Heat, UAE – Over in the UAE, brothers Illmiyah and Arableak of Desert Heat are using hip hop to "give a voice to the youth of the Middle East".
Desert Heat, UAE – Despite offering a "wholesome" brand of hip hop without violence or swearing, Desert Heat's first album was reportedly banned in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.