, Macedonian singer nicknamed the “Queen of Gypsy Music”, died after a brief illness, according to local media. She was 73 years old.
An ethnic women’s rights and for Roma people., Redžepova spent decades performing and was an early singer to use the . She combined Roma, Macedonian, and contemporary music in her work and also campaigned for humanitarian issues such as
Her worldwide career saw her collaborate with many young Balkan artists as well as composer, whom she married. She was thrice nominated for the and fostered over 40 children. Her varied performances included singing for world leaders, representing Macedonia at the , and recording the opening song for the film though she claimed the song had been used without her permission, and was unhappy with the film’s portrayal of a backwards, non-western culture.
She was known for eye-catching outfits and powerful voice, Redžepova was also an advocate for Roma women’s rights. She had been elected twice as the city councillor.
Redžepova died after an illness in.
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