Susana Alimivna Jamaladinova[a][1][2] (born 27 August 1983), better known by her stage name Jamala,[b] is a Ukrainian singer, actress and songwriter.[3] She represented Ukraine and won the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden with her song "1944". In 2017, 2018 and 2019 she was a judge at Vidbir, Ukraine's National Selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Jamala
Jamala at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
Background information
Birth nameSusana Alimivna Jamaladinova (Susana Alim qızı Camaladinova)
Born (1983-08-27) 27 August 1983 (age 37)
Osh, Kirghiz SSR, Soviet Union
OriginUkraine
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2001–present
Labels
Associated actsEurovision 2016
Websitejamalamusic.com

Early lifeEdit

Susana Dzhamaladinova was born in Osh, Kirghiz SSR, to a Muslim Crimean Tatar father and an Armenian mother.[4][5][6][7][8][9] Her Crimean Tatar ancestors were forcibly resettled from Crimea to the central Asian republic under Joseph Stalin during World War II, although her own relatives fought on the Soviet side.[10] In 1989 her family returned to Crimea.[citation needed] Her maternal ancestors are Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh.[11] They were well-to-do peasants until her great-grandfather's land was confiscated and he was exiled to Osh where he changed his Armenian name to make it sound more Russian.[citation needed]

Her parents divorced for about four years so that her mother could purchase a house in Crimea for the family under her maiden name. During this period, Soviet authorities did not allow ethnic Crimean Tatars, like her father, to purchase property in Crimea.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

2010–15: Early workEdit

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[12] and later graduated from Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine as an opera singer, but preferred a career in pop music.[3]

 
Jamala signing an autograph for a fan on the red carpet of the third annual festival of the Odesa Film Festival on 13 July 2012.

On 14 February 2010, she released her first single "You Are Made of Love" from her debut studio album For Every Heart. She released "It's Me, Jamala" as the second single on 18 October 2010. On 23 November 2010, she released "Smile" as the third single from the album. Early in 2011, she participated on the national selection show in an attempt to represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Smile".[13] The song was a crowd favorite and Jamala herself managed to land a spot in the finals of the competition.[13] However, she later decided to withdraw from the competition.[14] On 12 April 2011, she released her debut studio album For Every Heart through Moon Records Ukraine. On 8 November 2012, she released "Ya Lyublyu Tebya" (Russian: «Я Люблю́ Тебя́», English: "I Love You") as the lead single from her second studio album All or Nothing.

She released "Hurt" as the second single, and "Kaktus" (Ukrainian: «Ка́ктус», English: "Cactus") was released on 6 March 2013, as the third and final single from the album. She released All or Nothing on 19 March 2013, through Moon Records Ukraine. On 25 September 2014, she released "Zaplutalas" (Ukrainian: «Заплу́талась», English: "Confused") as the lead single from her debut EP Thank You. The EP was released on 1 October 2014, through Enjoy Records. On 26 March 2015, "Ochyma" was released as the lead single from her third studio album. "Shlyakh dodomu" (Ukrainian: «Шлях додо́му», English: "The way home") was released as the second single on 18 May 2015. On 15 June 2015, "Podykh" (Ukrainian: «По́дих», English: "Breath") was released as the third single. She released her album Podykh on 12 October 2015, through Enjoy Records.

2016: BreakthroughEdit

 
Jamala performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Jamala successfully represented Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "1944".[15] 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.[12][16][17] Jamala wrote the song's lyrics in 2014.[3] In the second semi-final of the contest, Jamala performed 14th and was one of ten participants who qualified for the grand final. It was announced later that she placed second, scoring 287 points, and won the televoting with 152 points[18] On 14 May 2016, Jamala won the competition with 534 points.[19] Jamala's song was considered by Russian media and lawmakers to be critical of the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the "ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine" in Donbass.[20][21] For this reason it has been announced that no other flags than the official country-participant are allowed in the arena for the Eurovision Song Contest. This included a ban for flags like Crimean Tatars' flags to be in audience, and only the Ukrainian flags was allowed for her Crimean Tatars' supporters.

After her win in the Eurovision Song Contest, she was awarded the title People's Artist of Ukraine by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.[22]

After winning Eurovision 2016, she has gone on to publish many songs, including "I Believe in U", which she performed at Eurovision 2017 as an interval act, along with "Zamanyly".

On 17 May 2016, Poroshenko announced that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry would be nominating Jamala as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.[23]

On 12 October 2018, Jamala released her fifth studio album, Kryla. The title track was released as the first single on 21 March 2018. She had previously performed the track as the interval act for the 2018 Ukrainian National Selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Vidbir.

Personal lifeEdit

On 26 April 2017, Jamala married Bekir Suleimanov.[24][25] Their relationship became known in September 2016, when she appeared with him at the Manhattan Short Film Festival.[24] The couple married in the Kyiv Islamic Cultural Center using the traditional wedding ceremony Nikah.[24] Suleimanov had recently graduated from the Physics and Mathematics Department of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and is an activist of the Muslim[26] Crimean Tatar community.[24]

In November 2017, Jamala announced that she and Suleimanov were expecting their first child together.[27] On 27 March 2018 their son Emir-Rahman Seit-Bekir ogly Suleimanov was born.[28]

Jamala's mother tongue is Russian, and she is also fluent in Ukrainian and English which she learned as an adolescent. She has also written a few songs in Crimean Tatar.

DiscographyEdit

 
Jamala on a 2017 stamp of Ukraine

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details
For Every Heart
All or Nothing
  • Released: 19 March 2013
  • Label: Moon Records Ukraine
  • Format: Digital download, CD, Vinyl
Подих
(Podykh)
  • Released: 12 October 2015
  • Label: Enjoy! Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD, Vinyl
1944
Крила
(Kryla)
  • Released: 12 October 2018
  • Label: Enjoy! Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD, Vinyl
Ми
(My)
  • Released: 12 March 2021
  • Label: Enjoy! Records
  • Format: Digital download

Live albumsEdit

Title Details
For every heart.
Live at Arena Concert Plaza

Compilation albumsEdit

Title Details
10
  • Released: 6 September 2019
  • Label: Enjoy! Records
  • Format: Digital download, Vinyl
Свої
(Svoi)
  • Released: 21 February 2020
  • Label: Enjoy! Records
  • Format: Digital download

Remix albumsEdit

Title Details
Solo
  • Released: 15 February 2019
  • Label: 2220 Records, Enjoy! Records
  • Format: Digital download

Extended playsEdit

Title Details
Thank You
  • Released: 1 October 2014
  • Label: Enjoy! Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD
1944
  • Released: 10 May 2016[31]
  • Label: Enjoy! Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD
5:45
  • Released: 23 April 2021
  • Label: Enjoy! Records
  • Format: Digital download

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UKR
[32]
AUT
[33]
BEL
(Fl)

[34]
FIN
[35]
FRA
[36]
HUN
[37]
POL
[38]
SPA
[39]
SWE
[40]
SWI
[41]
UK
[42]
"You're Made of Love" 2010 For Every Heart
"It's me, Jamala"
"Smile" 71
"Я люблю тебя" ("I love you") 2012 All or Nothing
"Hurt"
"Кактус" ("Cactus") 2013
"Заплуталась" ("Confused") 2014 Thank you
"Злива" ("Shower")
(with Andrii Khlyvniuk)
10
"Чому?" ("Why?") Non-album singles
"Очима" ("With my eyes") 2015 Podykh
"Шлях додому" ("Way to home")
"Подих" ("Breath")
"1944" 2016 7 54 63 64 49 40 25 32 46 73 289 1944
"Заманили" ("Lured")
(with DakhaBrakha)
44 10
"I Believe in U" 2017 19 Kryla
"Сумую" ("I miss") 82
"Крила" ("Wings") 2018 54
"Самға" Non-album singles
"Solo" 2019 89 10
"Крок" ("Step")
(with Cape Cod)
Svoi
"Кохаю" ("I love")
(with Jah Khalib)
61
"Ціна правди" ("The price of truth") Non-album singles
"Забирай"
(with alyona alyona)
Svoi
"Жалі"
(with alyona alyona)
2020 27
"Эндорфины" ("Endorphins")
(with Pianoboy)
Non-album single
"Вдячна" ("Grateful") 2021 61 My
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

FilmographyEdit

Music videos
Year Song Director Cinematographer
2009 History Repeating Alan Badoev Yaroslav Pilunskyi
2010 You're Made of Love + (in Russian) Kateryna Tsaryk Yuriy Korol
It's Me, Jamala + (in Ukrainian) Charley Stadler Fraser Taggart
2011 Smile Maksym Ksionda Serhiy Mykhalchuk
Find me John X Carey
2012 Я люблю тебя (in Russian) Serhiy Sarakhanov Yevheniya Drach, Mykola Bulavskyi
2013 Кактус (in Russian) Denys Zakharov Denys Zakharov
All These Simple Things Oleksandr Milov
Depends On You + (in Russian) Viktor Vilks Yaroslav Pilunskyi
2014 Чому? (in Ukrainian) Denys Zakharov, Oles Sanin Serhiy Mykhalchuk
2015 Заплуталась (in Ukrainian) Anatoliy Sachivko Mykyta Kuzmenko
Иные (in Russian) Mikhail Emelianov Viktor Fedoseev
2016 Шлях додому (in Ukrainian) Anna Kopylova Denys Lushchyk
1944 Anatoliy Sachivko Mykyta Kuzmenko
Обещание (in Russian) Denys Zakharov, Olena Demianenko Oleksiy Moskalenko
2017 I Believe in U Ihor Stekolenko Denys Lushchyk
Сумую (in Ukrainian)
2018 Ти любов моя (in Ukrainian) Oleh Malamuzh Teodor Neshchadym
Крила (in Ukrainian + in Kazakh) Anna Kopylova Anton Fursa
The Great Pretender Anna Buriachkova Svitlana Aparina
2019 Solo
Ціна правди (in Ukrainian) Kateryna Tsaryk, Agnieszka Holland Yuriy Korol
Забирай (in Ukrainian) Anton Shtuka Ivan Fomichenko
2020 Жалі (in Ukrainian) Dmytro Cherniavskyi Anton Fursa
Эндорфины (in Russian) Maksym Kotskyi Dmytro Cherniavskyi
Film
Year Title Role Ref.
2014 The Guide Olha Levytska [43]
2017 Jamala.UA Herself [44]
2020 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga Herself [45]
Television
Year Title Role Ref.
2009 Like Cossacks... Singer in a bar [46]
2010 Anatomy of a Voice. Jamala Herself [47]
The True Story Of Scarlet Sails Cuban singer [48]
2013 Kvitka. A voice in a single copy Herself [49]
Trading Lives Host [50]
2014 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Caterpillar [51]
2016 My truth Herself [52]
Look at yourself! Herself [53]
2017 Jamalas kamp Herself [54]
2018 Crimea: Russia’s Dark Secret Herself [55]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Crimean Tatar: Susana Alim qızı Camaladinova, Сусана Алим къызы Джамаладинова; Ukrainian: Суса́на Алі́мівна Джамаладі́нова, romanizedSusána Alímivna Dzhamaladínova, IPA: [sʊˈsɑnɐ ɐˈl⁽ʲ⁾im⁽ʲ⁾iu̯nɐ dʒɐmɐlɐˈd⁽ʲ⁾inowɐ]; Russian: Суса́на Али́мовна Джамалади́нова, tr. Susána Alímovna Dzhamaladínova, IPA: [sʊˈsanə ɐˈlʲiməvnə dʐəməlɐˈdʲinəvə].
  2. ^ Crimean Tatar: Camala, also spelt Джамала in Cyrillic; Ukrainian: Джама́ла, IPA: [dʒɐˈmɑlɐ]; Russian: Джама́ла, IPA: [dʐɐˈmalə].

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External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mariya Yaremchuk
with "Tick-Tock"
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
2016
Succeeded by
O.Torvald
with "Time"
Preceded by
  Måns Zelmerlöw
with "Heroes"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
2016
Succeeded by
  Salvador Sobral
with "Amar pelos dois"