Aleksandar Sarievski

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Aleksandar Sarievski
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Background information
Born (1922-06-20)June 20, 1922
Galičnik, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, present day Republic of Macedonia
Died December 19, 2002(2002-12-19) (aged 80)
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, accordion
Years active 1946–2002
Associated acts Tanec

Aleksandar Sarievski (Macedonian: Александар Сариевски [alɛkˈsandar saˈri.efski] ( ); June 20, 1922 – December 19, 2002) was a Macedonian iconic singer-songwriter whose career spanned almost six decades. He was one of the most recognizable figures in Macedonian music.

Sarievski was a co-founder of the folklore musical ensemble Tanec and frequently traveled with the group as an ambassador of Macedonian music and culture. His renditions of local folk songs are particularly well known and, in many cases, the first known recorded versions. These include "Jovano, Jovanke", "More Sokol Pie", and "Uči me majko, karaj me"[citation needed], among others. He also wrote and composed the popular folk-style song "Zajdi Zajdi".[citation needed]

Aleksandar Sarievski died in 2002 aged 80. The then-President of the Republic of Macedonia Boris Trajkovski and Prime Minister Branko Crvenkovski as well as the Ministry of Culture sent the Sarievski family messages of condolence following the news of his death.