Ukrainian singer Jamala presented her new song, 1944. The performer is going to compete at the national contest to represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm. The national contest will take place February 6 in Kyiv.
Jamala is of Crimean Tatar origin, so for her, this song and the events she talks about in it are very important. “I was inspired by a story that my great-grandmother told me; back in 1944, a disaster happened that hurt my family and the rest of Crimean Tatar families. I’m talking about forceful deportation of Crimean Tatars from Crimea, planned and carried out by the Soviet regime”, she said.
“Actually, this topic is too well familiar for many people in many countries. Many nations survived horrible tragedies – repressions, deportations and genocide… Unfortunately, people still haven’t learned to co-exist in peace and tolerance. I’d like my message to be heard by as many people as possible – both in Ukraine and abroad”, Jamala concluded.
Listen to the song 1944 by Jamala (the audio was taken from the singer’s official Youtube channel):