|Esma & Lozano|
|Members|| Esma Redžepova|
|Eurovision Song Contest|
|Song||"Pred da se razdeni"|
Esma & Lozano is a Macedonian duo made up of Esma Redžepova and Lozano (Vlatko Lozanoski). They represented Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the song "Pred da se razdeni". After performing in the second semi-final of the contest, they got 28 points and ended in 16th place.
Esma Redzepova Teodosievska was born on 8th August 1943 in Skopje, F.Y.R. Macedonia as the fifth child from six her parents, Ibraim and Canija, had. As a child she was interested in art, so the biggest joy for her was going to the cinema and theatre. She started her education in a primary school "Goce Delchev", where she recognised for the first time that she was different from the others. Children ignored her because she was Gypsy and nobody liked to sit at the same desk with her. But with the teacher's help, this barrier was broken down. In school Esma for the first time saw that there was a Red Cross organisation, an institution that supported poor people. From the Red Cross she took a scarf, gloves and a pair of socks as a present. That made a little girl very happy, and she promised herself that one day if she would have something more than she needs she’ll help people who need help.
Esma started her career when she was a schoolgirl. First she performed in all school events, and one day she was nominated by the Principal of the school to represent the school on one very popular radio show called “The microphone is yours”, organised by Radio Skopje. That was in 1957 and Esma took the first prize in the competition and she received a large sum of money, but in that time of happiness she was also upset because she didn’t tell her parents where she was going, and was ashamed to tell them, and was afraid that her mother would find the prize money. In the end, Esma told the truth to her family. In that competition she was seen by Stevo Teodosievski, very famous musician and composer, who worked in Radio Skopje. He was fascinated by her voice, and came to her house asking her parents to allow her to be his student and a member of Ensemble Teodosievski.
Her career expanded rapidly and she became very famous all over the world. In 1960 she performed in Paris Olympia. In 1958 she recorded her first record, with the legendary song Zoshto Si Me Majko Rodila, and after that her greatest hit Chaje Shukarije. In 1976 in India, in a city of Chandigarh, on the First Gypsy World Festival, she was crowned as the Queen of Gypsy. That certificate was given by Indira Gandi. Esma has been awarded with many, many awards and certificates.
Vlatko Lozanoski (Lozano) is a Macedonian singer from Kičevo - F.Y.R. Macedonia. His first public appearance was as a participant in the talent show Mak Stars (September 2007 - May 2008). A month later when the show was over, he won the Grand Prix on the first Macedonian Radio Festival called Starry Night where he sang the song Take Me Back, that was his first official single. In October 2008, singing only his third official single At The Time If Time Could Stand Still, Lozano was awarded, by the jury, the Debut Prize at MakFest, the most prestigious music festival in F.Y.R. Macedonia. Two days later, on the final evening, Lozano won the MakFest Grand Prix, awarded by the audience.
The Sun Doesn’t Shine On Me was his next single that became his greatest hit and it was officially declared the biggest Macedonian radio hit of the year, having won the first place at the Macedonian Radio Festival Mars in November 2008. In February 2009, he participated in F.Y.R. Macedonia's national selection for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest singing his fifth single Close To Me and was placed fourth. In July, he participated on the Slavyanski Bazar Festival in Vitebsk, Belarus and won the second prize. Next, Lozano performed I'm Your Angel along with Magdalena Cvetkoska on the Golden Wings Festival in Moldova, and they won the second prize. He was also awarded the Best Male Voice. His first album named Lozano was released in early 2010.
In February 2010 he participated in the Macedonian national selection for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest singing I’m Flying Towards You. He ended up in the fourth place. In July 2010 Lozano performed at the International TV festival Sea Songs in Sevastopol, Ukraine, along with the best young singers from 17 countries. After performing I’m Flying Towards You and This Love he found himself among the best five European singers. In the final evening he won the fourth place. His single When You Won’t Have Me was officially declared the biggest Macedonian radio hit, having won the first place at the Macedonian Radio Festival Mars in 2011.
The second album Over Seven Seas was released in June 2012, and the hit There’s No Day, No Night won the second place at the Macedonian Radio Festival Mars 2012.