James Brown, Bill Withers, B.B. King and many others all flew together on a charter flight from NY City to the African nation. Many spent the flight singing and performing. Some of the musicians felt as if they were 'going home', returning to their roots.
If you haven't yet watched (and listened) to Soul Power give it a play - the fashions and politics of that time (not to mention the first class music) will will take your mind off the B.S. of today.