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Esma Redzepova


When Esma Redzepova and her bandleader, mentor, and hubby, Stevo Teodosievski, were crowned “Queen and Ruler of Gypsy Music” on the first Globe Celebration of Romany Tracks and Music in 1976, it marked the pinnacle of an extremely successful musical career. The merchandise of the Rom (Gypsy) Muslim and Jewish family members, Redzepova was the girl of the Serbian dad and Turkish mom. Although she experienced racism as a kid, she continuing to accept her Rom traditions. Determined to create her profession in music, she still left home with an individual suitcase formulated with one dress and something Cocek outfit. With Teodosievski’s encouragement and support, she became among the great performers of Rom music. As well as Teodosievski, Redzepova utilized music to greatly help Rom kids to flee their impoverishment. From 1970, the few provided a property for a lot more than 40 musically gifted guys. In a past due-’90s interview, she described, “Music may be the just luxury of the indegent…once you sing, you haven’t any bad thoughts, and, if you are dance, you are feeling less hungry.”

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Full Name Esma Redžepova
Date Of Birth August 8, 1943
Died December 11, 2016, Skopje, Macedonia (FYROM)
Profession Singer-songwriter, Humanitarian
Nationality Macedonian
Spouse Stevo Teodosievski
Parents Ibrahim Redžepova, Canija Redžepova
Music Songs Caje Šukarije, Ciganka Je Malena, Mangava Tut, Dzelem, Dzelem, Abre Ramce, Sote masala, Macedonian Horo, Ah, Devla, Hajri Ma Te Dijke, Shiptar Dance, Zosto Si Me Majko Rodila, Svadba Makedonska, Esma's Song, Tu Me Duj Dzene, Romano Oro, Save Rat Daje Me Pirava, The Deceitful Shepherd, Jolandji Coban, Esma Kiri Gilli, I Won't Get Married, Buda Dikljum, Blagunjo Dejce, The Song and the Girl, Unhappy Lonliness, Opa nina, nina, naj, Duripe, Cekaj Zivote, Dzulo, Dzulo, So Maki Sum Se Rodila, Esma Cocek, The Young Bride, Site Devojcinja
Albums Songs of a Macedonian Gypsy, Esma Queen of the Gypsies: Macedonian Songs, Gypsy Carpet, Chaje Shukarije, Esma i Ansambl Teodosievski, Mon histoire (Esma Reine des Tsiganes), Songs of the Macedonian Gypsy, Ciganske pjesme i kola, Belly Dance Music, Cekaj zivote, Tu Me Duj Dzene, Nasvalji So Uljom, Between Two Lifes, Queen Of The Gypsies, Cocek, Zosto si me majko, rodila, Gipsy Music, Vol.3, Caje Šukarije (18 Izvornih Snimaka 1961), Belly Dancing, Esma, Legends Of Gypsy Music Of Macedonia
Movies Zapej Makedonijo

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Charlie Countryman 2013 writer: "Chaje Shukarije"
Balkan Soul & Gypsy Blues 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "Ah, Devla"
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan 2006 performer: "Chaje Shukarije" 2001 / writer: "Chaje Shukarije" 2001



Zapej Makedonijo 1968 Short Pevacica
Krst Rakoc 1962



Damin gambit 2014 TV Series Herself
Balkan Soul & Gypsy Blues 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself
Rromani Soul 2008 Documentary Herself
When the Road Bends... Tales of a Gypsy Caravan 2006 Documentary Herself
Im Herzen des Lichts - Die Nacht der Primadonnen 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Jugovizija 1971 TV Movie Herself

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