Now, as you probably well know by now, when given the opportunity to write about music, I generally take it and jump in a rocket with it. By the time this was finished, we were discussing planetary inequality with the Plutonians.
I am also, apparently, a master of writing bad jokes.
Graceland's African elements never seem dated for one reason - unlike a great deal of "world" music, Simon's appropriation of African music was born from his love for it, as opposed to the traditional motivation of needing to appeal to new age hipsters. He throws himself fully into the African influences on "Homeless," as it's primarily led by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, with small interjections from Simon at specific points. Listening to it is like taking part in some spiritual ritual. It's transcendent.