A few months ago I discovered African beads, and my life has never been the same. I am particularly enamored of brass beads from Ghana, which are made from the lost wax process. Here's a recent necklace I made from Ghana beads:
This is by no means a traditional arrangement -- these types of beads are typically paired with colorful beads with lively patterns, and are strung, not wire-wrapped. So consider this a type of Afro-American fusion, I guess.