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Jamala (2016)
Jamala at the Odessa Music Festival 2012

Jamala ( Ukrainian Джамала / Dschamala , Crimean Camala ; bourgeois Сусана Алімівна Джамаладінова / Sussana Alimiwna Dschamaladinowa or Susana Camaladinova * 27. August 1983 in Osh , Kyrgyz SSR , Soviet Union ) is a Ukrainian singer . She won the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm for Ukraine .


Jamala at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm
Jamala after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Sussana Jamaladinova grew up in Osh in Kyrgyzstan and in Alushta on the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea . Her father is a Crimean Tatar and like her a Muslim , while her mother is a Christian of Armenian origin. In 1944, her ancestors on her father's side, like all Crimean Tatars, were deported from Crimea to Central Asia on the orders of Josef Stalin for alleged collaboration with the Nazis . After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, her parents returned to the Crimea.

Jamala is a Spinto soprano and is active in the genres of jazz , soul , R&B and world music with classical and gospel elements.

The turning point of her career was a performance at the New Wave Festival in Jūrmala , Latvia in 2009, where she received a special award for her exceptional vocal skills and her ability to change genres.

In 2011 she competed for the first time with the title Smile in the Ukrainian preliminary decision for the ESC in Düsseldorf and reached third place in the final behind Slata Ohnewytsch and Mika Newton . Due to irregularities in the voting, a new preliminary decision for these three interpreters was scheduled, but this did not take place due to Jamala's rejection, which she justified with allegations of manipulation against Ukrainian television, so Mika Newton took part in the ESC.

In 2016 she won the Ukrainian ESC preliminary decision with her song 1944 and she was allowed to represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. The title of their song is an allusion to the year 1944, when Stalin had the Crimean Tatars deported to Central Asia. In the text she deals with the lost childhood in the homeland and the atrocities of the Soviets. Due to the refrain in Crimean Tatar , this language was heard for the first time at the competition. In the second semi-final on May 12th, she finished second with 287 points, qualifying for the final on May 14th. She won this with 534 points and thus a slight advantage of 23 points over Australia's Dami Im with her song Sound of Silence . In May 2016 she became an honorary citizen of the city of Kiev .

In 2017, 2018 and 2019 she was a juror at the Ukrainian ESC preliminary decision Widbir . After the final in 2019, she was criticized for asking the participants political questions about the Crimean crisis , although the ESC is supposed to be an apolitical event.

She speaks Ukrainian , Crimean Tatar , Russian and English .



  • 2011: For Every Heart
  • 2012: Live at Arena Concert Plaza (concert DVD)
  • 2013: All or Nothing
  • 2015: Подих ( Podych ; eng .: breath )


  • 2014: Thank You
  • 2016: 1944


  • 2016: 1944
  • 2017: I Believe In U


Web links

Commons : Jamala  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Charts AT Charts CH
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/11/crimean-singer-in-line-to-represent-ukraine-at-eurovision
  3. http://ukr.segodnya.ua/culture/stars/dzhamala-hochu-pyshnuyu-krymsko-tatarskuyu-svadbu-591306.html
  4. https://eurovisiontimes.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/ukraine-jamala-withdraws-from-national-final/
  5. Jamala wants to represent Ukraine in Stockholm! Retrieved February 28, 2019 .
  6. Jamala wants to represent Ukraine in Stockholm! , eurovision.tv, February 21, 2016.
  7. All 2016 Eurovision Song Contest participants. In: Eurovision.tv. Retrieved May 15, 2016 .
  8. Sussana Alimivna Jamaladinova becomes an honorary citizen of Kiev on the website of the Kiev City Council; Retrieved September 19, 2016
  9. NDR: O.Torvald: Biography of Ukrainian ESC candidates. Retrieved February 28, 2019 .
  10. NDR: Mélovin: Biography of ESC candidates from Ukraine. Retrieved February 28, 2019 .
  11. Siren song! MARUV wins Ukraine's Eurovision selection Vidbir 2019 amid scandal and drama. February 23, 2019, Retrieved February 28, 2019 (American English).