Esma Redzepova Dies at 73; Sang of Her Roma Heritage to Generations

New York Times

Ms. Redzepova sang in more than 10 languages and recorded more than 500 songs. In the Balkans, her hits reached multiple generations.When she sang about unrequited love, adversity or pride in the Romany culture, her voice was a caldron of emotions. It could be a raspy shout, a sob, a nuanced tease, a model of long-breathed purity or an invitation to dance.Battling prejudice against her culture, Ms. Redzepova was a pioneer in bringing wider recognition and respect to Romany music. Songs she sang in the Romany language were played on the radio well beyond Macedonia, and she toured concert halls as early as the 1960s. 
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