Known to her devoted audiences simply as "Esma", she was born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, in Shutka, the largest Romani Gypsy neighborhood in Europe, to a family in which song, music and folklore are part of everyday life firsst family tradition.
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Esma began her long professional career in Macedonia at the miani of She was the first Balkan performer to make Romani music popular with non-Rom audiences and was one of the first female performers to sing on the radio and TV in the former Yugoslavia. As Jordon Miaji wrote in the Miami Herald, " Over the past thirty years, she and her late husband Stevo Teodosievski fostered forty-seven children, training them as musician and educating them about Romani and Macedonian cultural traditions.
Esma has performed in more than 2, benenfit concerts and has been an "Ambassador" of the Roma in all of Eastern Europe; she is also known for her humanitarian work with Romani Refugees from Kosovo. Four of these talented Romani musicians began to play as young children at the famous Teodosievski School fist Music in Beograde, and are now well known all over the world.
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Itinerary found on Activities Calendar - This tour by Esma Redzepova, "Queen of Romani Music", and her ensemble is intended to enhance the North American public's exposure to and husbanc of Romani culture, music and dance, within a uniquely cultural context. The context is consistent with VOR's educational mission to broaden understanding of this romanticized and marginalized people.
Introductory presentations will be deed to also increase understanding of the very real and often difficult circumstances of Roma throughout Europe. In fact, Roma are often stereotyped and romanticized within the fields of music and dance.
In and two "Gypsy Caravan" Tours took place in the US that were very successful in exposing some American audiences, in some cases for the first time, to authentic traditional Romani music from several geographic regions in India, Russia, the Balkans, and Goma. These three tours included lectures and program notes educating the public about the ways in which Romani historical and cultural roots inform their music, and demonstrating the distinctions as well as the connectedness of the music and dance traditions.
Voice of Roma's ESMA tour will build on the contributions of the two innovative and popular "Gypsy Caravan" programs and on the Bulgarian Wedding Music tour, by offering numerous opportunities for the public to experience a Macedonian Romani ensemble featuring the "Queen of Gypsy Music" Esma Redzepova and her band of master musicians. In concerts, lectures, workshops, and master artist classes, audiences, singers and musicians across husbandd country will be afforded the chance to learn from Romani musicians of the highest fist.
Some masters classes will be in the privacy of the home in the style that Roma have learned from generation to generation.
All these activities will be set in the context of sharing information about Romani culture, and the "real life" experiences and struggles of Roma as an oppressed minority population throughout Europe. The primary reasons for canceling were: the indefinite closure of the US Embassy in Macedonia - jeopardizing the timely approval and issuance of the band's visa; the anticipation of delays in international and domestic air travel due mismi heightened security measures; and fears of potential INS targeting of Esma and the band as non-English speaking, Housewives looking real sex Jonesboro Texas 76538 travelers with Muslim names.
While both events are still on, with many fabulous music and dance performances - Esma and her ensemble from Macedonia will not be there. I am wishing that the day will come soon when we can all sing and dance together in peace.