Category: macedonia

Esma Redžepova (1943-2016) was a Macedonian si…

Esma
Redžepova
(1943-2016) was
a Macedonian singer, known as Queen of the Gypsies for her promotion of
Roma music and culture. Her career lasted over five decades and helped
popularise traditional Roma songs.

She began her
musical career after singing a song in Romani on public radio at the age of 13,
the first time such a song was aired in the country. She later founded a school
where disadvantaged boys were trained in music, and was an honorary president
of the Macedonian Red Cross for her work with Romani refugees in Kosovo.

Radmila Šekerinska (b. 1972) is the former Prime Minister of…

Radmila Šekerinska (b. 1972) is the
former Prime Minister of Macedonia, and currently its Minister of Defence. She
also served as the leader of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia.

She holds degrees in
Law and in Power Engineering, and is the author of several scientific works. In
2002, she was the Vice Premier of the Republic of Macedonia, responsible for
the country’s European integration.