Die Ukraine gewinnt den Eurovision Song Contest 2016 – mit dem Leidenslied «1944» über die Vertreibung ihrer tatarischen Minderheit unter Sowjetdiktator Josef Stalin
Die Krimtatarin Jamala – August 27, 1983 (age 32), Osh, Kyrgyzstan -lässt alle 25 Konkurrenten hinter sich und siegt beim 61. Eurovision Song Contest.—-
Susana Jamaladinova (Ukrainian: Сусана Джамаладінова; Crimean Tatar: Susana Camaladinova; Armenian: Սուսաննա Ջամալադինովա, born 27 August 1983), better known by her stage name Jamala (Ukrainian: Джамала, Crimean Tatar: Camala, Armenian: Ջամալա), is a Ukrainian singer. A spinto soprano, she performs music of her own composition on the junction of jazz, soul, world music and rhythm & blues with elements of classical and gospel.
The turning point in Jamala’s career path came with her performance at the „New Wave – 2009“ International Contest of Young Pop Singers in Jūrmala. The singer was awarded with the grand prize. She represented Ukraine and won the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song „1944„.
Life and career Early life
Susanna Jamaladinova was born in Osh, Kirghiz SSR, to a Crimean Tatar father and an Armenian mother. Jamala is, through her maternal great-grandmother, related to Aram Khachaturian; the most renowned Armenian composer of the 20th century. Her maternal ancestors are from Nagorno-Karabakh.
Jamala was born in Osh, Kirghiz SSR (now Kyrgyzstan), because some of her ancestors had been forcefully resettled there under Stalin. 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“. Upon the gaining of independence by Ukraine, her family returned to Crimea.
Jamala at the Odessa Music Festival 2012
Jamala has been fond of music since her early childhood. She made her first professional recording at the age of 9, singing 12 children and folk Crimean Tatar songs. Graduating from the Music school (piano class) in her hometown Alushta, the singer entered the Simferopol Music College named after Tchaikovsky followed by the graduation from the National Music Academy named after Tchaikovsky (Kiev) as well, majoring in opera singing.
2005–11: Early career and New Wave 2009
Jamala made her first steps on the big stage at the age of fifteen. During the next few years she took part at the dozens of vocal contests of Ukraine, Russia and Europe, where she received awards such as 1 Concorso Europeo Amici della musica International contest in Italy. Since 2001 she was a solo in the vocal quintet „Beauty Band“. The performance at the Dо#Dj junior 2006 Jazz festival of young artists brought Jamala a special award, while attracting the attention of the famous choreographer Elena Kolyadenko, who in her turn invited Jamala to perform the leading part in the „Pas“ of Olena Kolyadenko multi genre musical and ballet Freedom.
The turning point in Jamala’s career path came with her performance at the „New Wave – 2009“ International contest of young pop singers in summer 2009. The contest’s chief director made statements regarding Jamala’s „not fitting the format“, stating it did not stop her from reaching the finals and more than that receiving a grand prize of the contest.
2011–14: Eurovision attempts
Early in 2011, she took part in the Ukrainian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song „Smile“. The song was a crowd favorite and Jamala herself managed to land a spot in the finals of the competition. However, due to a controversy of miscounting votes, another finals was set for March 3. Although Jamala would still advance into the finals she decided to withdraw from the competition on March 1 claiming that the votes would again be rigged.