Jamala was born in Osch, nowadays Kyrgyzstan in 1983. Her family was deported to Kyrgyzstan in 1944, that’s why she grew up there, she has an Armenian mother. Early she started to study music: piano and opera singing. In her career she participated in several festivals including the New Wave 2009 contest and the Jurmala festival (Latvia) and received many awards. In 2011 she already tried to participate in the national Ukrainian final with the song “Smile” where she came 3rd.
The song “1944” opens a dark chapter of Ukrainian history, when Crimea Tartars have been deported to other places in Russia. As Jamala is a child of those deported people it affects her personally and you can hear this sadness in her song. Jamala has composed this song by herself. It’s an electro-soul song with ethnic elements. The song is very unusual and special and it tells a true story from the past. Knowing the lyrics make this song even more powerful.
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About me: Due to the fact that my parents are musicians, I have a gained a great enthusiasm for music. Since 1979 my interest in the Eurovision Song Contest has grown enormously. My first ESC I joined was in Dublin 1995. Six years later I founded the website eurovisionlive.com in the year 2001. The most fascinating part for me is the original idea of the Eurovision Song Contest – the peaceful contest of the European countries. I am very happy that I have the chance to contribute my little part for the greatest music show in the world.