Les Négresses Vertes
Les Négresses Vertes
The original line-up included singer Helno (born Noël Rota in Paris, December 25, 1963 - January 22, 1993, also known as Helno Rota de Lourcqua), Jo Roz (also known as l'Ami Ro; real name Joe Ruffier des Aimes) (piano), Stéfane Mellino (guitar), Jean-Marie Paulus (bass), Gaby (drums), Matthias Canavese (accordion), Michel Ochowiak (trumpet), Abraham Sirinix (also known as Abraham Braham) (trombone) and Iza Mellino (backing vocals). The original members were a group of friends, many of whom had not played their instruments before forming the band. The group's name translates as "green black women"; it arose from abuse hurled at them at one of their first concerts. They were initially signed to the independent Off The Track label, and released the punk protest song "200 Ans D'Hypocrisie" in response to their country's French Revolution bicentennial celebrations. In 1989 they released their first album, Mlah, to good reviews in both France and the UK, where the single "Zobi La Mouche" just failed to reach the charts and where they toured and played the WOMAD festival. They also made a controversial tour of Lebanon.
Their second album, Famille Nombreuse, in 1991, featured new drummer Zé Verbalito. Helno was by this time struggling with serious heroin addiction, and Stéfane Mellino and Canavese replaced him as the main songwriters. Helno died at his parents' house on January 22, 1993. Several members left the band after Helno's death, but Les Négresses Vertes continued around the nucleus of Mellino, Canavese, Ochowiak and Paulus. In 1995 they released the album Zig-Zague, followed by the live album Green Bus. By 2000's Trabendo, the group's style had shifted to a dub-orientated lounge style.
They disbanded in 2001. Albums * Mlah (1988) * Famille Nombreuse (1991) * 10 Remixes (1993) * An Aperitif (1994) * Zig-Zague (1994) * Green Bus (1996), live * Trabendo (1999) * Acoustic Clubbing (2001) * Les grand deballage (2002) ('Best of' album) * L'essentiel (2004)('Best of' album) * À l'Affiche (2006) Singles * Il (1989) * Zobi La Mouche (1989) * Voila L’ete(1989) * Hou! Mamma Mia (1992) * Sous Le soleil de bodega (1992) * Apres La pluie (1994) * Mambo Show (1994) * A Quoi Bon (1995) * Easy Girls (1999) * Leila (1999) * Hasta Llegar (2000) ('Promo' CD - was never released) * Spank / Abuela (2000) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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