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Toše Proeski

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Prilep, Macedonia (1996 – 2007)

Todor “Toše” Proeski (Macedonian: Тодор „Тоше” Проески) (January 25, 1981 – October 16, 2007) was a famous Macedonian singer who was popular across the entire Balkan area. He is considered a top act of the music scene of Republic of Macedonia. Proeski was known for his trademark quote “Ve sakam site” (I Love You All), and was called “Elvis Presley of the Balkans” by the BBC News. He died in an automobile accident in Croatia on October 16, 2007.

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Proeski, was born in Prilep, Macedonia, to Dominika and Nikola Proeski from Kruševo, his hometown, where he spent most of his childhood. After his musical talent was discovered, at the age of 12 he was chosen to perform at the popular children’s song festival “Zlatno Slavejče” in Skopje. This was his first public music performance; however, his successful career began in 1996 when he participated in the teenage music festival “Makfest” in Stip.

Following this public exposure, he was awarded for his strong vocal capabilities. This led to his rise to fame when he participated in the music festival Makfest in Štip with the song “Pusti me”(“Let me go”) in 1997. His fanbase quickly grew and he continued to make use of festivals, such as SkopjeFest and OhridFest, as a platform for promotion and publicity. Proeski collaborated with one of Macedonia’s acclaimed lyricists and composers, Grigor Koprov, to produce some of the greatest hits of his career such as “Usni na Usni” (“Lips on Lips”) and “Sonce vo Tvoite Rusi Kosi” (“The Sun in Your Golden Hair”).

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