Bolna Lezam 8. Duvni Mi Vetre Povardardaree 9. Kalesh Ando Dejgidi Sine Stojane Nema Fadje Hajri Ma Te Dike 2. Esma Kiri Gili 3. Country s Macedonia ; Yugoslavia former. Culture Group s Romani. Language s Romani. Frula Yugoslav Folk Ensemble Frula. Folk Music of Yugoslavia Various Artists. Click to Join. Item added to cart. Continue Shopping. Esma's Song Esma Kiri Gilli. Beautiful Girl Caje Sukarije. Saturday 3 August Sunday 4 August Monday 5 August Tuesday 6 August Wednesday 7 August Thursday 8 August Friday 9 August Saturday 10 August Sunday 11 August Monday 12 August Tuesday 13 August Wednesday 14 August Thursday 15 August Friday 16 August Saturday 17 August Sunday 18 August Monday 19 August Tuesday 20 August Wednesday 21 August Thursday 22 August Friday 23 August Saturday 24 August Sunday 25 August Monday 26 August Tuesday 27 August Wednesday 28 August Thursday 29 August Friday 30 August Saturday 31 August Sunday 1 September Monday 2 September Tuesday 3 September Wednesday 4 September Thursday 5 September Friday 6 September Saturday 7 September Sunday 8 September Monday 9 September Tuesday 10 September Wednesday 11 September Thursday 12 September Friday 13 September Saturday 14 September Her mother encouraged her musical gifts and Esma and her brother soon joined their school's folklore group.
Her parents insisted that all their children finish primary school. Nonetheless, their daughter was emancipated and would wear fashionable dresses instead of dimije , the traditional attire for Romani girls at that time. In , Esma's headteacher suggested she sing at a school talent contest for Radio Skopje.
She went without informing her parents, who did not want her following the path of her older sister who started singing in cafes at age Esma performed A bre babi , a Macedonian Roma traditional song. When Esma's parents learned about her success, they were upset and reluctant to let her follow a musical career. At that time, the only employment prospects for Roma singers were performing in cafes and restaurants.
Stevo Teodosievski , an ethnic Macedonian musician and band frontman, was impressed by Esma's performance at the contest and hoped she might join his musical ensemble. Teodosievski was a self-taught man coming from a poor background, leading the large folk musical troupe Ansambl Teodosievski. As part of the local establishment, Teodosievski was somewhat of a visionary in holding the belief that Roma music could one day become esteemed and popular among non-Romani people.
At that time, Roma music in Yugoslavia was disparaged and not considered suitable for radio or television. Furthermore, racism against Roma people was common in Macedonia and throughout Yugoslavia, and even Roma people themselves had a low opinion of Roma singers — especially female ones. Before Esma, Roma performers never sang in Romani on radio or television and hid their origins. However, he felt Esma could help him achieve his goals and perhaps even become one of the most prominent artists in the country.
He convinced Esma's parents to let her go with him and join his ensemble. It was promised that Esma would only sing in reputable circumstances. When they met in Skopje, Stevo Teodosievski was not fully satisfied with Esma's voice.
He encouraged her to train for long hours and enroll at the Academy of Music in Belgrade , where she studied for two years. This song in Romani quickly became a huge success in Yugoslavia.
The s and s were extremely successful for the couple. They recorded many albums and EPs , and took part to radio and television shows. However, some of them had a noticeable Western influence. In Tito 's Yugoslavia, Roma people were officially recognised as a national minority and were granted linguistic and cultural rights.
Roma people in Skopje thought of her as dishonorable for the community and were very critical about her relationship with Teodosievski, a " gadjo ".
At that time, it was unthinkable for Macedonians and Romani to engage in mixed marriages, and both communities strongly disapproved them. Esma was frowned upon by Romani because she had an emancipated lifestyle, performing on stage, sleeping in hotels, working with men. On the other side, institutions, including Radio Skopje and the League of Communists of Macedonia , where very critical about Stevo Teodosievski and reproached him for working with Gypsies.
They married in Media often characterized her with traits considered typical to Roma people: she was portrayed as hot blooded, happy and easy going, and genetically talented. Bashal Seljadin Play Seljadin. Mojlo Chindilo. Hena Mike Mejro Pravu Dar. Esma Cocek. Romano Horo. Chaje Shukarije. Ciganka Je Malena. Ah, Devla God. Blagunjo Dejce Traditional. Bolna Lezam Esma Redzepova. Kalesh Ando Traditional.
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