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For the Syrian village, see Jamala, Hama. For the Yemeni activist, see Jamala al-Baidhani.
This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Alimivna and the family name is Jamaladinova.
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Background information
Birth name Susana Jamaladinova
Born (1983-08-27) 27 August 1983 (age 32)
Osh, Kirghiz SSR, Soviet Union
Origin Ukraine
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2005–present
  • MOON
  • Enjoy Records
Website jamalamusic.com

Susana Alimivna Jamaladinova (Crimean Tatar: Susana Camaladinova; Ukrainian: Сусана Алімівна Джамаладінова; Russian: Суса́нна Алимовна Джамалади́нова, born 27 August 1983), better known by her stage name Jamala (Crimean Tatar: Camala, Ukrainian and Russian: Джамала), is a Ukrainian singer, actress and songwriter.[2] She represented Ukraine and won the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "1944".

Early life[edit]

Susanna Jamaladinova was born in Osh, Kirghiz SSR, to a Crimean Tatar father and an Armenian mother.[3][4][5][6][7][8] Her Crimean Tatar ancestors were forcefully resettled from Crimea to the central Asian republic under Joseph Stalin, during World War II, although her own relatives fought on the Soviet side.[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] Her maternal ancestors are from Nagorno-Karabakh.[10]

Jamala speaks Russian as her mother tongue, and she is also fluent in Ukrainian, which she learned as an adolescent. Though she wrote some songs in Crimean Tatar, she is not fluent in this language.[11]

Her parents divorced for about four years so that her mother could purchase a house in Crimea for them under her maiden name.[12] During this time, the Soviet authorities did not allow ethnic Tatars to purchase property in Crimea.[12]


Early beginnings[edit]

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[13] and later graduated from Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine as an opera singer, but preferred a career in pop music.[2]

2010–11: For Every Heart[edit]

Main article: For Every Heart

On 14 February 2010 she released her debut single "You Are Made of Love" as the lead single from her debut studio album. She released "It's Me, Jamala" as the second single from her debut studio album on 18 October 2010. On 23 November 2010 she released "Smile" as the third single from her debut studio album. Early in 2011, she took part in the Ukrainian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Smile".[14] The song was a crowd favorite and Jamala herself managed to land a spot in the finals of the competition.[14] However, she decided to withdraw later from the competition.[15] On 12 April 2011 she released her debut studio album For Every Heart through Moon Records Ukraine.

2012–14: All or Nothing and Thank You[edit]

Jamala signing an autograph at the Odessa Film Festival 2012

On 8 November 2012 she released "Ya Lyublyu Tebya" (Russian: "Я Люблю Тебя", English: "I Love You") as the lead single from her second studio album. She released "Hurt" as the second single from her second studio album. "Kaktus" (Ukrainian: "Кактус", English: "Cactus") was released on 6 March 2013 as the third and final single from her second studio album. She released All or Nothing on 19 March 2013 through Moon Records Ukraine. On 25 September 2014 she released "Zaplutalas" (Ukrainian: "Заплуталась", English: "Confused") as the lead single from her debut EP Thank You, the EP was released on 1 October 2014 through Enjoy Records.

2015–16: Podykh and Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Main article: Подих (album)
Jamala performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

On 26 March 2015 "Ochyma" (Ukrainian: "Очима", English: "Eyes") was released as the lead single from her third studio album. "Shlyakh dodomu" (Ukrainian: "Шлях додому", English: "The Way Home") was released as the second single from her third studio album on 18 May 2015. On 15 June 2015 "Podykh" (Ukrainian: "Подих", English: "Breath") was released as the third single from her third studio album. She released Podykh (Ukrainian: "Подих", English: "Breath") on 12 October 2015 through Enjoy Records. Jamala successfully represented Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "1944".[16] 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.[13][17][18] Jamala wrote the text for the song herself in 2014.[2]

Jamala after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

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[19] On 14 May 2016, Jamala won the competition with 534 points.[20]

Jamala's song was considered by Russian media and lawmakers to be criticism of the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the "ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine" in Donbass.[21][22] After her win she was awarded the title People's Artist of Ukraine by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.[23] On 17 May 2016, Poroshenko announced that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry would be nominating Jamala for UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.[24]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
For Every Heart
All or Nothing
  • Released: 12 October 2015
  • Label: Enjoy Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • Released: 3 June 2016
  • Label: Enjoy Records / Comp Music Ltd / Universal Music
  • Format: Digital download, CD

Live albums[edit]

Title Details Notes
Live at Arena Concert Plaza
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Enjoy Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • Concert DVD


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UKR Airplay

2010 "You Are Made of Love" 239 For Every Heart
"It's Me, Jamala" 298
"Smile" 189
2012 "Я Люблю Тебя" (I Love You) All or Nothing
2013 "Кактус" (Cactus)
2014 "Заплуталась" (Confused) Thank You
"Злива" (Shower) Non-album singles
"Чому?" (Why?)
2015 "Очима" (Eyes) Подих
"Шлях додому" (The Way Home)
"Подих" (Breath)
2016 "1944" 2 54 49 16 135 32 46 73 289 1944
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Music videos
Year Song Director
2009 History Repeating Alan Badoev
2010 You're Made of Love + (in Russian) Katya Tsarik
2010 It's Me, Jamala + (in Ukrainian)
2011 Smile Max Ksjonda
2011 Find me John X Carey
2012 Я люблю тебя (in Russian) Sergei Sarakhanov
2013 Кактус (in Russian) Denis Zakharov
2013 All These Simple Things
2013 Depends On You + (in Russian) Viktor Vilks
2014 Чому квіти мають очі? (in Ukrainian) Oles Sanin
2015 Я заплуталась (in Ukrainian) Tolik Sachivko
2015 Иные (in Russian) Mykhailo Yemelianov
2016 Шлях додому (in Ukrainian) Anna Kopylova
Year Title Role
2014 The Guide Olga
2014 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Caterpillar


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  2. ^ a b c d "When strangers are coming into your home (Russian), by Alexander Zaitsev, lenta.ru
  3. ^ "Welcome to Ukraine". Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Editor. "Ukraine’s Crimean Tatar singer Jamala promises to embarrass Putin and bring Stalin’s crimes to Eurovision Song Contest". Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Журнал: день с певицей Джамалой". Vogue UA. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Ruban, Mariya. "Джамала: "Хочу пишне кримсько-татарське весілля"". Cегодня.UA. February 10, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015. (Ukrainian)
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  8. ^ "http://thenordar.com/jamala-interview-public-talk/ Интервью с Джамалой на Public Talk". Арт-журнал Thenordar. August 27, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2015. (Russian)
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  10. ^ http://russia-armenia.info/node/27493
  11. ^ Худенко, Кристина (18 March 2016). "Джамала: "Не могу петь в России, пока в Крыму пропадают татары"" (in Russian). delfi.lv. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "'Stalin forced my parents to DIVORCE': Eurovision winner reveals how Soviet dictator tortured her great-grandmother, killing baby daughter and leaving legacy of family trauma" by Will Stewart. Daily Mail. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  13. ^ a b Veselova, Viktoria; Melnykova, Oleksandra (11 February 2016). "Crimean singer in line to represent Ukraine at Eurovision". theguardian.com. The Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Ukraine: a new final!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  15. ^ Hondal, Victor (2011-03-01). "Ukraine: Jamala withdraws from national final". EscToday.com. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  16. ^ "Crimean singer in line to represent Ukraine at Eurovision". the Guardian. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  17. ^ "Jamala entered Eurovision-2016 national selection". QHA.com.ua. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  18. ^ Eurovision: Ukraine's entry aimed at Russia, BBC News (22 February 2016)
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  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ Heidi Stephens. "Eurovision 2016: Ukraine's Jamala wins with politically charged 1944". the Guardian. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  23. ^ Granger, Anthony (16 May 2016). "Ukraine: Jamala Awarded Title "People's Artist of Ukraine"". Eurovoix. 
  24. ^ "Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry to nominate Jamala for UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador". Vector.news. 16 May 2016. 
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  26. ^ Peak positions for singles on the Ukrainian Airplay Chart:
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  29. ^ Peak positions on the Dutch Single Tip Chart:
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  30. ^ Исполнитель - Jamala
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  33. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Jamala". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  34. ^ Peak positions in the United Kingdom:

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mariya Yaremchuk
with "Tick-Tock"
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw
with "Heroes"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by