Macedonian singer and humanitarian Esma Redzepova, dubbed the queen of Roma music, passed away early on Sunday in Skopje at the age of 73.
Redzepova started to sing while she was a teenager in the 1950s, and her career has spanned over five decades. Her musical success is closely linked to her marriage with Stevo Teodosievski, who was a composer, arranger and director of Ensemble Teodosievski. He wrote many of her songs and fully managed her career until his death in 1997.
Her musical style is mostly inspired by traditional Roma and Macedonian music.
With her late husband Stevo Teodosievski she has fostered forty-seven children, and has received numerous accolades for her humanitarian work.