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This Vibrant Lookbook Puts A Modern Twist On Traditional Headwrap Styling

The Wrap Life's latest lookbook features vibrant printed headwraps and handmade jewelry modeled by Brooklyn-based founder Nnenna Stella.

Images courtesy of The Wrap Life


The Wrap Life is a dynamic young Brooklyn-based company churning out vibrant headwraps, handmade jewelry and carefully curated incense bundles.

Founder Nnenna Stella decided to launch the company after her online search for headwraps proved futile.

"I Googled for three days and I was so upset," the African-American entrepreneur told Madam Noire. "I was like, 'Really? Nobody’s selling head wraps?' I imagined that there were other women who wanted to start wearing them, as well, and they couldn’t find fabrics and prints that they liked, so I decided to start."

Photographed by Brooklyn-based TunnelVision artist Dex R. Jones, The Wrap Life's most recent lookbook demonstrates the countless styling options made possible with their multicolored fabrics, many of which are handprinted. But what really stands out in the idyllic shoot is the seamless mixing of traditional headwraps with cut-off denim, midi dresses, provocative swimsuits and Timberland boots.

"The Wrap Life is about a lifestyle, so I want to show them my lifestyle and be as honest as possible," Nnenna told Madam Noire.

Follow The Wrap Life website and Instagram page for more information. To learn how to style these headwraps, visit The Wrap Life website's video tutorial section.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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