ukraine61st Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) has finished. Ukraine won after the most unpredictable voting of this Contest.

"Strangers are coming, they come to your house, they kill you all and say we’re not guilty. Where is your mind? Humanity cries" – impressive lyrics of the winning song. Congratulations!

 

Ukraine won the 61st ESC with 534 points. Though Australia was in the lead by the jury vote, televote reversed the situation. The performance of the Ukrainian singer Jamala showed the entire world the tragic story of her nation. Originally Crimean Tatar, in a song “1944” she sings of her peoples exile by Stalin where many died on their refugee route to Asia.

She was born on August 27, 1983 as Susana Jamaladinova on the territory of today’s Kirgizstan. Her father is a Crimean Tatar Muslim and her mother Armenian Christian. Music is her life’s calling and she performs since 2005. Jamala also finished music academy. She often writes her own songs which range from jazz, opera, soul to electro-music.

esc16 winner on stage"1944" talks about ethnic cleansing of her family members along with over 200.000 Crimean Tatars. Collective punishment was executed by Stalin on May 17 and 18, 1944 over Tatars, people of Turkish origin. 40.000 were exiled from Crimea to Siberia in only two days. They were transported under unhuman conditions. Jamala talks about one of her great-grandmother’s daughters freezing to death during the journey. Instead of a proper burial, soldier just tossed her of the truck as being a weight. Stalin accused Crimean Tatars of collaborating with the Nazis during World War II, though Jamala claims that her family had fought on the Soviet side.

The Russian Duma Media Office requested the song to be disqualified from the Contest. The organisers, however, established the song wasn’t in breach of the rules and allowed Jamala the performance which led her to victory.

 

 

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