A few years back I watched Jim Jarmusch's film, "Broken Flowers'. I loved it- Bill Murray at his finest! However, I loved the music even more. I did a bit of research and discovered Mulatu Astatke. He is an Ethiopia born musician and arranger. He is an incredibly interesting man: he acted as advisor to the MIT Media Lab on creating a modern version of the kraal, a traditional Ethiopian instrument. Creating new instruments in this day and age is no small feat.
Anyhow, have a listen, and if you have a chance, watch the movie. Reminded me of Elizabethtown (only good).
IF you aren't into the whole Ethio-Jazz thing, then you could certainly check out Holly Golightly. (Specifically the Green Hornes with Holly Golightly-There is an end).