Esma Redžepova @ ŠTUK, Maribor (Slovenia), 21/04/2012
One of the highlight of this years Romano Čhon festival (festival presenting Roma culture, its music, dance, poetry, film, puppets, workshops, lectures and exhibitions) that was happening in April in six towns in Slovenia and two in Serbia, was surely the concert of macedonian vocalist, songwriter, and humanitarian, Roma Queen and Nobel Prize Nominee from 2002, Esma Redžepova.
Just few notes form her CV will let you know what a living legend she is: "With over 15.000 concerts performed, among which almost a third were humanitarian, Redžepova sings in twenty languages and has recorded over 600 songs. Two of her albums went platinum, eight went gold, and eight silver. She was named the queen of all the Roma people in 1976 and was bestowed the honorary title of Roma Singer of the Century in Moscow; she was nominated for a Nobel Prize for Peace in the same year.
She has adopted over 40 children with her husband Stevo, mostly orphans and drifters - and musically trained them. Esma is devoted to philanthropic activities for which she was named an Ambassador for Refugees. She received numerous Unicef awards and Macedonian Medal for Bravery, which was given to her by the President of Macedonia himself, while praising her efforts for improving the economic and social status of Roma community."
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