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Esma Redzepova in Zürich 11/11/2016
Esma Redzepova in Zürich 11/11/2016

Esma Redzepova Teodosievska, an outstanding singer, songwriter and composer, known worldwide as “The Queen of the Gypsies” is unfortunately no longer amongst us. She was amidst a major CD project with many internationally well known musicians from India, Spain, Switzerland and Macedonia. Luckily, her voice has already been recorded for most of the songs. Simeon Atanasov is the musician and producer Esma has been working together most intensively over those last years. He's the art director of the CD production “My last Song” and he has already recorded a fair part of the album. Eleonora Mustafovska has been adopted by Esma and she will sing the remainig four songs Esma could not sing any more herself. These are the musicians who plan to fulfill Esma’s last task:

- Simeon Atanasov – Macedonia – accordeon, keyboards
- Denis Zekirov – Macedonia – trumpet (he's the last boy of 47 Esma had adopted)
- Miguel Sotelo – Spain – flamenco guitar
- Christian Fotsch – Switzerland – oud, bouzoukie
- Amrat Hussain – India – tabla
- Eleonora Mustafovska – Macedonia – vocals
- Many more studio-guests - bass, clarinet, saxo, trombone...

German translation:
Esma Redzepova Teodosievska, die "Königin der Roma", war eine weltbekannte Sängerin und Komponistin. Im Dezember 2016 ist sie leider verstorben. Sie war mitten in der Produktion einer CD. Diese CD soll nun unter dem Titel "My last song" mit einer internationalen Besetzung von Musikern aus Indien, Spanien, Mazedonien und der Schweiz fertig produziert werden. Glücklicherweise sind die meisten Lieder noch von Esma zu ihren Lebzeiten aufgenommen worden. Simeon Atatnasov, der mit Esma in den letzten Jahren am engsten zusammen gearbeitet hat, möchte die CD mit der oben erwähnten Formation vollenden. Eleonora Mustafovska, eine von Esma adoptierte junge Sängerin aus Mazedonien, soll die restlichen vier Lieder, die Esma nicht mehr selber einspielen konnte, singen.

Почитувани пријатели, Ве покануваме да го погледате видеото во кое е претставен нашиот проект „Мојата последна песна“, кој го најавува довршувањето на започнатото, а недовршено ЦД издание на покојната Есма Реџепова Теодосиевска. Со ваша помош и донација ќе ја завршиме започнатата работа на Есма и на тој начин ќе и се одолжиме за се сто направи таа во областа на музиката. Вашите донации ќе ни бидат добредојдени. Ви благодариме однапред. Сите дополнителни информации можете да ги добиете на маил vesnagjorgjievska66@gmail.com

Esma Redzepova in Zurich 2010
Esma Redzepova in Zurich 2010

Esma Redzepova has performed several times at the Gypsy Festival in Switzerland. She has given legendary concerts, along with up to 30 musicians from 10 different countries. This cultural exchange gave here the initial idea to include the lead musicians of the Gypsy Festival for this CD production. Find here a great document of the Gypsy Festival here:

Youtube-Link with Esma at the Gypsy Festival

Esma Redzepova war regelmässig zu Gast am Gypsy Festival, bei dem sie in der Schweiz mit bis zu 30 KünstlerInnen aus 10 Ländern aufgetreten ist. Dieser kulturelle Austausch inspirierte sie, dieses CD Projekt mit einigen der wichtigsten am Festival beteiligten Musikern zu realisieren. Oben geht es zu einem Video-Dokument auf Youtube.

Esma Redzepova in Zürich 11/11/2016
Esma Redzepova in Zürich 11/11/2016

Budget:

A minimum of CHF 20'000.- is needed to cover the expences of recording, travelling and accomodation for the musicians who participate (they live in different countries). On top of the recording 3 video-clips are planed. Vesna Gjorgjievska, Esma's long time manager and close friend will do the management of the project.

Es werden mindestens CHF 20'000.- benötigt, um alle Studiokosten, Reisen und Unterkünfte für die Musiker, die in verschiedenen Ländern wohnen, zu bezahlen. Vesna Gjorgjievska, Esmas langjährige Managerin und enge Freundin, übernimmt das Management für diese Produktion. 

Wikipedia:

English: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esma
Deutsch: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esma

Risks and challenges

We're all very experienced producers who have realized many projects. So I estime the riscs that we can't finish the project at all, nearly zero. The highest risc might be that we'll take more time than august 2017.

Wir sind alles sehr erfahrene Produzenten, die etliche Projekte rrealisiert haben. Ich denke, dass das Risiko, das Projekt nicht ausführen zu können, verschwindend klein ist. Das grösste Risiko könnte sein, dass wir den Termin vom August 2017 nicht einhalten könnten.

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