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Published on Jan 14, 2007
Vaska Ilieva (born February 21 , 1923 , died May 4 , 2001) was a leading Macedonian folk singer. Since the early 1950s, she was referred to as the "Queen" of Macedonian traditional song. Ilieva was awarded various honours from many European countries and toured America, Europe and Australia. 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.