Ferus “The King” Mustafov, a multi-instrumentalist best known as a saxophonist, passed away on May 22. “King” is one of those musicians who have pushed Balkan and Gypsy music, especially wedding music, internationally.
The Yugoslav and Macedonian musician passed away yesterday morning at the age of 73, reports the Macedonian Media Service, citing the artist’s widow.
“King” suffered a stroke on April 26 and was hospitalized in a Skopje hospital. At some point, the efforts of doctors were beneficial, but then the artist’s condition deteriorated sharply, he died plunged into an artificial coma.
Mustafov was born in Shtip into a gypsy musical family. He has been on the professional stage since he was seventeen. He worked as a director of television and radio music programs in Romani (ie the Romani language). The artist’s albums have been released on international labels since the 1980s. As an actor he appears in the melodrama “Contact”.