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|Born||21 December 1923|
|Died||4 May 2001 (aged 77)|
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
|Genres||Macedonian Folk Music|
Vaska Ilieva (Macedonian: Васка Илиева) (February 21, 1923 – May 4, 2001) was a Macedonian leading folk singer from Yugoslavia and the Republic of Macedonia. She started her career as a dancer and singer in the State Ensemble Tanec in the early 1950s. Her style of singing and the songs she sang brought her wide popularity throughout Macedonia, the rest of the former Yugoslavia, the Balkans and throughout the worldwide Macedonian diaspora. She was referred to as the "Queen" of traditional Macedonian music.
Ilieva was awarded various honours from many European countries and toured Europe the Americas and Australia, where there is a large Macedonian community. Her repertoire of over 800 songs earned her a reputation as one of the most versatile and popular Macedonian female artists. Since the mid-1980s, Ilieva focused on interpreting patriotic songs, reflecting popular opinion and preceding the independence of the Republic of Macedonia.
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