Esma Redžepova dies at the age of 73

Esma Redžepova, who represented FYR Macedonia together with Vlatko Lozanoski at 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, has sadly died today at the age of 73. It happens after she last week was hospitalized in her hometown Skopje because of the breathing problems.

This year Redžepova could celebrate 60-years anniversary of her singing career. Many people consider her to be the most important ambassador of Macedonian music and culture. In 2007 Redžepova was granted a diplomatic passport. Redžepova became especially famous as one of the biggest interpreters of Romani music. At the first music festival of Romani music, which was held in India in 1976, she was officially crowned as the “Queen of World Romani music”.

In her career Redžepova recorded about 1,000 songs, and she released more than 500 compact discs, music cassettes and records for domestic and also foreign record labels. She also played more than 12,000 concerts and appeared in a bunch of movies and documentaries, which mainly were produced in the former Yugoslavia. Her best known single, Čaje Šukarije, is the feature song on the 2006 Borat movie soundtrack. She claims the song was used without her permission.

Redžepova was also highly respected because of her humanitarian work. She never had children of her own, however fostered 47 abandoned or deprived children during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Together with her husband and manager Stevo Teodosievski, who died in 1997, Redžepova raised 5 of them under her roof. She ensured a home and education for the others. She was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize twice.

Redžepova used to describe herself as a cosmopolitan person who is brought to this planet to do humanitarian work.

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A foldable umbrella (hence my username ‘parapluie pliant’)



My glasses


5 things in my bedroom

A vinyl of the Alan Parsons Project’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination (which is the musical rendition of some famous stories by Edgar Allan Poe)

Some paintings that one of my friends did for me

Several audiobooks/radioplays for children on compact cassettes (because they are the best to fall asleep to)

My SNES to be able to play Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past

A piggy bank in form of a cow enclosed by a miniature fence

5 things I’ve always wanted to do in my life

Travel the world

Be an actress

Time travel

Win a sports competition

Live in another country

5 things that make me happy

If I can make people genuinely happy about something

Whenever someone says thank you

Falling into a fresh made bed after a long and soothing bath

Being physically active

Joking with friends to the point you become silly


5 things that I’m currently into

Bellamy Blake

The 100 in general

Being creative for the fandom (manips, edits, gifs, fics, vids, meta, ….)

Planning my work and travel trip

Getting to know more about things I didn’t know before

5 things on my to-do list

Make a fucking decision about my education and future career (going to keep that answer from @junebugninja)

My work and travel experience

Losing weight

Living the life I dream of

Declutter my room and my life

5 things you may not know about me

I am thinking about getting an ear piercing

I am only 5’3’’ tall (approx. 160 cm)

Mental health issues and drug abuse are common issues in our family

I see myself as being part of the ace spectrum

In elementary school, our class was about to go to a local church service when I fell into a thorn scrub. So I had to stay in school waiting for my mother to pick me up and bring me to a doctor instead. Oh, the irony!


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