Together with his wife/vocalist Esma Redzepova, Stevo Teodosievski ruled over Macedonia's music during the '60s and '70s. Recording more than 100 singles and 20 albums, Teodosievski and Redzepova helped to transform traditional music of the Balkan region into a global phenomenon. In 1976, they were named "Queen and King of Gypsy (Romani) Music" at the first world festival of Romani music in India. Teodosievski first heard Redzepova's singing during a talent contest conducted by a Skopije radio station in 1956. He was so knocked out by what he heard that he convinced the 12-year-old vocalist's parents to allow him to take her under his wing. For the next decade, he trained Redzepova in the art of Romani music and prepared her for a career as a singer. They eventually fell in love and married, working together until Teodosievski's death in the late '90s. Redzepova continues to perform with members of Teodosievski's band, Ansambl Teodosievski. Teodosievski's greatest legacy, however, may be the more than 45 orphans he and Redzepova saved from a life of poverty by providing them with a home and teaching them music.
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