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Jamala
Background information
Birth name Susana Jamaladinova
Born 27 August 1983 (1983-08-27) (age 35)
Osh, Kirghiz SSR, Soviet Union
Origin Alushta, Crimea
Genres
Occupations
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2005–present
Labels
  • MOON
  • Major Music Box
Website jamalamusic.com

Susana Alimivna Jamaladinova born 27 August 1983), better known by her stage name Jamala is a Ukrainian singer, actress and songwriter.

Jamala successfully represented Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "1944". 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. Jamala wrote the song's lyrics in 2014. In the second semi-final of the contest, Jamala performed 14th and was one of ten participants who qualified for the grand final.

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.

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

On 17 May 2016, Poroshenko announced that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry would be nominating Jamala for UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Personal life

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

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

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