Pete Lockett is among the most sought-after multi-percussionists in the world. Besides being an amazing kit player, he also plays a huge number of hand drums from basically everywhere. He works with artists like Björk and Peter Gabriel and last but not least, he is a super nice person and inspiring musician and personality.
Raquy Danziger is among the the most prominent figures in the US Middle-Eastern music and dance scene. When I was living in New York, I had a lot of fun touring and recording with her band, the cavemen. She was born in Israel, and since many years she regularly spends time in Egypt and Turkey, where she studies, teaches, and plays with famous artists. She speaks Arabic and Turkish, has a huge number of students and has a book and DVD on playing the Doumbek.