Les Negresses Vertes
A French band from Paris that could fit in the world-music sphere, as their sound has changed from their start in 1987.
Literally translated, the name of the band "Les Négresses Vertes" is a paradox. It translates literally as "Green Black Girls", a name that does not make a great deal of sense in English, but apparently originated from abuse hurled at them at one of their first concerts. In Paris the uniform of the garbage collection is green - and most of the workers were colored ... However, 'vert' can also mean 'fresh', so an equal translation would be "Fresh Black Girls".
The original line-up included:
Helno (Singer) (born Noël Rota in Paris, December 25, 1963 -- ✝ January 22, 1993; also known as [a=Helno Rota De Lourcqua]), [a=Jo Roz] (also known as [a=L'Ami Ro]; real name Joe Ruffier des Aimes) (Piano), [a=Stéfane Mellino] (Guitar), [a=Jean-Marie Paulus] (Bass), [a=Gaby] (Drums), [a=Matias Canavese] (Accordion), [a=Michel Ochowiak] (Trumpet), [a=Abraham Sirinix] (also known as Abraham Braham) (Trombone) and [a=Iza Mellino] (Backing Vocals).