The world has woken up with a sad news from Macedonia today. Esma Redžepova who represented Macedonia in Eurovision 2013 with the song “Pred da se razdeni” has died at age 73 in the Macedonian capital, Skopje. She was known as a legendary romani queen in the Balkan region. She was taken to the hospital after suffering a lung infection in November but later sent to home treatment. Finally it’s revealed that the infection caused a fatal disease.
Esma had a worldwide reputation with 50 year-experience. She performed in 30 countries more than 12.000 times. She recorded about 1.000 songs that she wrote herself.
She was born in Skopje, when she was 14 years old, she took part in a song competition called “The microphone is yours” which was a very popular contest in that time in Macedonia and she finally won it. She was also named as “Queen of Romani music” in a gypsy music festival taking place in India in 1976.
She never had her own children but fostered 47 abandoned children. She raised only five of them with her husband at their home and ensured a home and education for the others. Esma was known for her unique sense of fashion and she used to wear often heavy jewels and colourful turbans. She also did many humanitarian works during her life, she was twice a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Macedonian state also named her as a national artist after successful works of art.
The veteran singer represented Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 taking place in Malmö, Sweden as a duo with Vlatko Lozanoski with the song “Pred da se razdeni” and they came 16th gaining 28 points in the semi final. Their entry was originally another song called “Imperija” (Empire) but later it’s changed after critics from the Macedonian people and dissatisfaction with it.
You can watch her performance in Eurovision 2013 below: