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Susana Jamaladinova (Crimean Tatar: Susana

Camaladinova; Ukrainian: , born
27 August 1983), better known by her stage name Jamala
(Crimean Tatar: Camala, Ukrainian: ), is a


Ukrainian singer and songwriter.[1] She represented

Ukraine and won the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with
the song "1944".

1 Life and career
1.1 Early life
1.2 2016present: Eurovision Song
2 Personal life
3 Discography

Jamala at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Background information
Birth name

Susana Jamaladinova


27 August 1983
Osh, Kirghiz SSR, Soviet Union


Pop jazz[1] blues soul opera

electro alternative

3.1 Studio albums

3.2 Extended plays
3.3 Live albums
3.4 Singles

Occupation(s) Singer songwriter

Years active



MOON Major Music Box

Website (http://jamalamusi

4 Filmography
5 References
6 External links

Life and career

Early life
Susanna Jamaladinova was born in Osh, Kirghiz SSR, to a Crimean Tatar father and an Armenian
mother.[2][3][4][5][6][7] Her maternal ancestors are from Nagorno-Karabakh. She claims to be related, through
her maternal great-grandmother, to the Soviet Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian.[8] Some of her

ancestors were forcefully resettled from Crimea to the central Asian republic under Joseph Stalin.[9] During
this deportation, one of her great-grandmother's daughters died on board of a freight truck and was tossed
from the wagon "like garbage".[9] Upon Ukraine's independence, her family returned to Crimea.[9]
Jamala has been fond of music since her early childhood. She made
her first professional recording at the age of nine, singing 12 folk and
children's Crimean Tatar songs. She entered the Simferopol Music
College[10] and later graduated from Tchaikovsky National Music
Academy of Ukraine as an opera singer, but preferred a career in pop
Early in 2011, she took part in the Ukrainian national selection for
the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Smile".[11] The song
was a crowd favorite and Jamala herself managed to land a spot in
Jamala signing an autograph at the
Odessa Film Festival 2012

the finals of the competition.[11] However, she decided to withdraw

later from the competition.[12]

2016present: Eurovision Song Contest

Jamala successfully represented Ukraine in the Eurovision Song
Contest 2016 with the song "1944".[13] The song is about the
deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 and particularly about her
great-grandmother, who lost her daughter while being deported to
Central Asia.[10][14][15] Jamala wrote text for the song herself in
In the second semi-final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest,
Jamala performed 14th and reached the final, being among the ten
participants who qualified for the Grand Final. As it was announced
later, she placed 2nd, scoring 287 points and winning the televoting
with 152 points[16] On 14 May 2016, Jamala won the competition

Jamala after winning the Eurovision

Song Contest 2016

with 534 points.[17]

The song by Jamala was considered by Russian media and lawmakers as criticism of the Russian annexation
of Crimea in 2014 and the "ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine" in Donbass.[18] Some have called for
Russia to boycott the 2017 edition which will be held in Ukraine itself.[19][20] Russian senator Frants
Klintsevich said "it was politics that beat art".[21]

Personal life
Jamala is a Muslim, and the first practising member of the faith to win Eurovision.[22][23][24]

Studio albums



For Every Heart

Released: 12 April 2011

Label: Moon Records Ukraine
Format: Digital download, CD

All or Nothing

Released: 19 March 2013

Label: Moon Records Ukraine
Format: Digital download, CD
Jamala performing at the Eurovision
Song Contest 2016

Released: 12 October 2015

Label: Moon Records Ukraine
Format: Digital download, CD

Extended plays

Released: 1 October 2014
Label: Enjoy Records
Format: Digital download, CD

Thank You

Live albums

Live at Arena Concert Plaza


Released: 2012
Label: Enjoy Records
Format: Digital download, CD


Concert DVD




"You Are Made of Love"

2010 "It's Me, Jamala"

For Every Heart


" "

All or Nothing

2013 ""

Thank You

2014 ""

Non-album singles

2015 " "

2016 "1944"

Non-album single

Music videos




History Repeating

Alan Badoev


You're Made of Love + (in Russian)

Katya Tsarik


It's Me, Jamala + (in Ukrainian)



Max Ksjonda


Find me

John X Carey


(in Russian)

Sergei Sarakhanov


(in Russian)

Denis Zakharov


All These Simple Things


Depends On You + (in Russian)


? (in Ukrainian) Oles Sanin


(in Ukrainian)


Viktor Vilks
Tolik Sachivko



The Guide



Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Caterpillar

1. "When strangers are coming into your home (Russian) (, by Alexander
2. "Welcome to Ukraine". Retrieved 15 May 2016.

3. Editor. "Ukraines Crimean Tatar singer Jamala promises to embarrass Putin and bring Stalins crimes to Eurovision
Song Contest". Retrieved 15 May 2016.
4. ": ". Vogue UA. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
5. Ruban, Mariya. ": " - " (
ala-hochu-pyshnuyu-krymsko-tatarskuyu-svadbu-591306.html)". C.UA. February 10, 2015. Retrieved April
20, 2015. (Ukrainian)
6. ": -, - (
UA-Report. February 25, 2011. Retrieved April 20, 2015. (Russian)
7. " Public Talk". -
Thenordar. August 27, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2015. (Russian)
8. " " , ".". Retrieved 15 May 2016.
9. Colin Freeman, (14 May 2016). " 'They kill you all': why Ukrainian Eurovision winner, Jamala, angered Russia with
her 1944 song". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
10. Veselova, Viktoria; Melnykova, Oleksandra (11 February 2016). "Crimean singer in line to represent Ukraine at
Eurovision". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
11. "Ukraine: a new final!". Retrieved 15 May 2016.
12. Hondal, Victor (2011-03-01). "Ukraine: Jamala withdraws from national final". Retrieved 1 March
13. "Crimean singer in line to represent Ukraine at Eurovision". the Guardian. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
14. "Jamala entered Eurovision-2016 national selection". 26 January 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
15. Eurovision: Ukraine's entry aimed at Russia (, BBC News
(22 February 2016)
16. "Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Second Semi-Final". Eurovision Song Contest. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
17. "Ukraine's Jamala wins Eurovision 2016". BBC News. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
18. Telegraph Reporters, (15 May 2016). "Eurovision 2016: Furious Russia demands boycott of Ukraine over Jamala's
'anti-Kremlin' song". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
19. "Russians demand war as Ukraine's Kremlin-critical song wins Eurovision - Daily Star". Retrieved
15 May 2016.
20. Heidi Stephens. "Eurovision 2016: Ukraine's Jamala wins with politically charged 1944". the Guardian. Retrieved
15 May 2016.
21. " 'Politics beat art': Russian officials slam Ukraine Eurovision win". Retrieved 15 May 2016.
22. ": " [Journal: a day with the singer Jamala]. Vogue (in Russian). 17 December
2015. Retrieved 15 May 2016. " , [Jamala a Muslim,
celebrated without alcohol]"
23. "Muslim Wins Eurovision, the London Mayoralty & the Great British Bake Off". TELL MAMA. Retrieved 15 May
24. The New Arab & agencies (15 May 2016). "Eurovision celebrates 'first Muslim winner' ". alaraby. Retrieved 15 May

External links

Official website (

Wikimedia Commons has
media related to Jamala.

Awards and achievements

Preceded by
Mariya Yaremchuk
with "Tick-Tock"
Preceded by
Mns Zelmerlw
with "Heroes"

Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest


Succeeded by

Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest


Succeeded by

Retrieved from ""

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