This week is one of the most heavily traveled weeks of the year. Authors of a new book about midcentury album covers take us on a trip around the globe (Europe, Cuba and Egypt) by way of music and albums from the 1950s.
In 1974, Africa's top performers shared a stage in Zaire with James Brown, B.B. King and other global stars. But only now are the African groups being heard. Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine organized the '74 concert and helped compile the double-CD "Zaire 74: The African Performers."