Esma Redzepova is an emblematic character of the Rom (Gipsy) community of Macedonia. She begins to sing very early, notably in the bounds of her family. She is only fourteen when Stevo Teodosievski, great composer and arranger, discovers her. He gets from her parents the permission to take her to Belgrade to form her. There she also became his wife. After the death of Stevo, she continues her career, singing the good and the bad fortunes of the nomadic life of the Roms, or violent Love, by turns a source of despair or of bliss. Her harsh and heartrending voice, with a burning fervour, sustained by the doleful sound of the brass, made her deserve the nickname of ‘’Queen of the Gipsies’’.
Esma Redzepova, the voice of the "rom" culture
Le Monde 07/31/2010 Download file
Esma Redzepova with Titi Robin
Simon Broughton - Songlines Magazine 07/01/2007 Download file