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When strangers are coming, they come to your house
They kill you all and say, "we're not guilty"

Susana Alimivna Jamaladinova, better known as Jamala (born 27 August 1983), a Ukrainian singer, actress and songwriter.

Jamala is perhaps best known for winning the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, giving her native Ukraine their second-ever victory with "1944". The song, which she wrote about her Tatar ancestors being forcefully resettled from Crimea by Josef Stalin in the year 1944, obviously rustled certain feathers, with some arguing it went against the contest's (supposedly) apolitical nature.note 


In spite of —or because of?— the controversy, Jamala narrowly beat out entries by Australia and Russia (biblically-appropriately enough), giving Ukraine the privilege to host 2017's contest in Kyi Kyivv. "1944" is also the first winning song of the contest to not be sung entirely in English note  since the 2007 Serbian entry "Molitva" by Marija Šerifović.

On the heels of her Eurovision win, Jamala joined Holos Krainy as a coach in 2017, which Ukraine's previous Eurovision victor Ruslana also coached in its first season.

In the 2019 contest's Ukraine selection Vidbir, where she has been a juror since her win, she angered fans by forcing the show's acts, including favourite MARUV (whose "Siren Song" was on the Russian branch of its label, and who has regularly performed there),to answer questions, usually in English, relating to "Crimea is Ukraine?"(sic), and applauding them if they said yes. The Ukraine broadcaster was unmoved, and subsequently forced MARUV, who Jamala still named as her second favourite song in the show, to sign an onerous contract which tightly controlled her media appearances or risk a fine of 2 million Hryvna (65,000 euros) and told her to not gig in Russia. She refused, as did all the other finalists in the selection, forcing Ukraine to miss out on the 2019 song contest.



  • For Every Heart (2011)
  • All or Nothing (2013)
  • Thank You EP (2014)
  • Подих note  (2015)
  • 1944 (2016)

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