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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.