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Eurovision 2016: Spotlight on Jamala (Ukraine)


JamalaUkraine – The Ukraine are back. After a break in 2015 so the broadcaster NTU could focus on the issues surrounding the Crimea dispute, the country have returned with Jamala. Jamala won the National Selection with her song “1944” and she will be performing in semi final two.

Song: “1944”
Music By: Jamala
Lyrics By: Jamala, Art Antonyan

 About Jamala:
32 year old Jamala, real name Susana Jamaladynova was born in Osh, Kyrgyzstan (formerly the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic). Her family had been re-located here after the mass deportation from Crimea by Russia.
Jamala has been singing since she was none but it was back in 2009 when she found success after winning the grand prize at the New Wave Contest in Latvia. Jamala is a classically trained vocalist originally focusing on opera before turning to Jazz and R&B.
Jamala has attempted to represent Ukraine in Eurovision before back in 2011 with her song “Smile” but lost out to Mika Newton after alleged Vote Rigging.
Jamala has released four albums, her most recent being 2015’s “Подих”.

Jamala

Jamala won the Ukranian National Final beating five other acts including competition from 3rd place SunSay and runners-up The Hardkiss. Her song “1944” has sparked some controversy with some fans who think the song has a political, Anti-Russian message to it. The song is written about Jamala’s Grandmother who died during the mass deportation of Crimean Tartars out of Crimea in 1944. The Ukraine are currently 5th favourite to win in May

Lyrics:
(Taken from Eurovision.tv)

1
When strangers are coming…
They come to your house,
They kill you all
and say,
We’re not guilty
not guilty.

Where is your mind?
Humanity cries.
You think you are gods.
But everyone dies.
Don’t swallow my soul.
Our souls

Yaşlığıma toyalmadım
Men bu yerde yaşalmadım
Yaşlığıma toyalmadım
Men bu yerde yaşalmadım

2
We could build a future
Where people are free
to live and love.
The happiest time.

Where is your heart?
Humanity rise.
You think you are gods
But everyone dies.
Don’t swallow my soul.
Our souls.

Yaşlığıma toyalmadım
Men bu yerde yaşalmadım
Yaşlığıma toyalmadım
Men bu yerde yaşalmadım

Jamala on Social Media:
Facebook: Jamala
Twitter: @jamala_official
Website: http://jamalamusic.com/ru/

Previously and to Come
Belgium Iceland Netherlands
Ireland Greece Slovenia
Czech Republic Lithuania Bulgaria
Latvia United Kingdom Norway
Australia San Marino Romania
Finland Denmark Armenia
Croatia Switzerland Israel
Cyprus Azerbaijan Hungary
Poland FYI Macedonia Russia
Malta Spain Belarus
Austria Montenegro Sweden
Germany Moldova Serbia
Estonia Italy Bosnia & Herzigovina
Ukraine Albania
France Georgia

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