Daniel speaks to Somali singer Maryam Mursal who is currently touring the U.S as part of the Africa Fete. Maryam considers herself a "cultural ambassador" of Somalia even though she fled that country in 1991 when civil war broke out. Her songs reflect the plight of herself and her people, Maryam fled the country by foot, on donkeys and on trucks with her 5 children. She first went to Kenya, then to Ethiopia, and was finally given asylum by the Danish embassy in 1992. Her producer and translator Soren Jensen describes her music as a fusion of Arabic, African and Western music. (CD: "Maryam Mursal: The Journey" 1998 Realworld record label).