Jamala at Eurovision 2016
Susana Alimivna Jamaladinova (Crimean Tatar: Susana Alimivna Camaladinova; Ukrainian: Сусана Алімівна Джамаладінова; Russian: Суса́нна Алимовна Джамалади́нова), is better known by her stage name Jamala. Jamala is a Ukrainian singer, actress and songwriter of Crimean Tatar descent.
Susanna was born in Osh, Kirghiz SSR, to a Crimean Tatar father and an Armenian mother. Her Crimean Tatar ancestors were forcefully resettled from Crimea to the central Asian republic under Joseph Stalin during World War II. In 1989 her family returned to Crimea. During this Soviet era, authorities did not allow ethnic Tatars, like Jamala's father, to purchase property in Crimea. Her parents divorced for four years so that her mother could purchase a house in Crimea for the family under her maiden name.
Jamala speaks Russian as her mother tongue, and she is also fluent in Ukrainian. She is not fluent in Crimean Tatar. Although her song was titled 1944 and was about her ancestry, it was clearly relevant to 2014 and the Russian annexation of Crimea. Will the Russians hold a grudge and do a no show? As of today, they have not yet declared an act.