FYR Macedonia: Esma & Lozano

FYR Macedonia


Having released 108 singles to date including the soundtrack to Borat, at 69 years old Esma Redžepova is Macedonia’s dubbed ‘Queen of the Gypsies’. Meanwhile, Vlatko Lozanoski is a 27-year old pop singer on his third attempt at being selected to represent the country at the Eurovision. A natural pairing in Eurovisionland, no? Especially when you’re trying to place for the final – not always guaranteed for The Republic, who have always favoured singing in the mothertongue. And this year’s song Pred Da Se Razdeni (Before The Dawn) is no exception.


 

 

As much as I am still mourning Esma & Lozano’s song change, Esma is clearly able to bring something special wherever she goes. As Lozano sings (lyrics courtesy of the EBU in the next tab), she’s so special that she must be plunged into darkness only to later shine in the synthesized spotlight. Her traditional Macedonian yodelling doesn’t really say much in the literal sense, but she makes this song one to dance to until the sunrise of May 19 (too optimistic?) does come. In any case, I’m gunning for some form of energetic Esma-based dance routine in the semi-final performance.

Contagious rating: 9/10

 

 

16/3/2013: song change for Esma & Lozano

FYR Macedonia’s broadcaster have ditched Imperija for a yodelling pop-based ballad, Pred Da Se Razdeni (Before The Dawn), following public criticism of Esma & Lozano’s original track.

Macedonia’s Head of Delegation, Ljupcho Mirkovski, said the main reason for the change was to showcase the duo’s vocal abilities. “This is a modern song with some elements of Roma music, that made Esma so popular and a well known artist. We combined two different styles and what we got in the end is a song that will represent our country in a very decent way.”

Before the Sunrise

It’s not like it used to be
The good times are over
We have been together
Through thick and thin

Until the day breaks
Be here next to me
In the new day, us to be
Together you and me

Until the day breaks
Stay right here next to me
There will be
Good times ahead for you and me

If you come back to me
The good times will come back again
Both happiness and sorrow
We will share again

Until the day breaks
Stay right here next to me
In the new day, us to be
Together you and me