Music: A Fresh Summer Beat

Some of Africa's top musical stars are coming to America in a tour that should open some ears

Of all the performers on all the music tours this summer, from the all-female Lilith Festival (with neo-soul star Erykah Badu joining Sarah McLachlan and others) to the Furthur Festival (headlined by the Other Ones, a new band featuring members of the Grateful Dead), probably no one has taken a longer, harder route to a city near you than Maryam Mursal. She fled Mogadishu, Somalia, with her five young children in 1991 at the height of her native country's bloody civil war. Bribing and buying her way through Kenya and into Ethiopia, she eventually journeyed to Denmark, where she resumed her...

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