<p>Esma Redzepova, Macedonia’s “Queen” of Romany music has died at the age of 73.</p> <p>Redzepova was one of the first singers to perform in the Romany language. Her career spanned more than five decades.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sad to learn about the passing of Esma Redžepova, who participated in <a href="https://twitter.com/Eurovision"><code>Eurovision</a> 2013. Our condolences to her loved ones and fans</p>— Jon Ola Sand (</code>jonolasand) <a href="https://twitter.com/jonolasand/status/807896392542851073">December 11, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>In 1976, she was acclaimed as the queen of Romany music during a world festival of gypsy music held in India.</p> <p>She was born in Skopje in 1943 and started singing as a school girl. At the age of 15, in 1958, Redzepova recorded her first album: Zoshto Si Me Majko Rodila. Two years later she recorded and released one of her greatest singles Chaje Shukarije.</p> <p>The song would be used in 2006 to accompany the opening credits to Sacha Baron Cohen’s film Borat.</p> <p>Redzepova additionally in 2013, represented Macedonia during the 2013 Eurovision contest.</p> <iframe width="100%" height="460" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Vi1VYsOUCsY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>Over the course of her musical career Redzepova would record 500 songs and had two platinum and eight gold albums.</p> <p>Outspoken for the rights of Romany women, she battled racism and prejudice, becoming a prominent political activist known for her humanitarian efforts. </p> <p>In the 1970s and 80s, Redzepova reportedly fostered 47 children and often performed at charitable events. </p> <a href="http://www.romatimes.news/index.php/en-us/nevipena/121-nevipe/1632-in-memoriam-esma-redjepova">Her funeral</a> will take place Monday Dec. 12 at 13h00, where she will be buried at the Butel cemetary in Skopje.