UKRAINE – Jamala, the Eurovision 2016 winner, has been raising awareness about the situation in Ukraine since leaving the country. She has flown to Romania, Germany, and other countries to request humanitarian assistance and to ask NATO to assist in closing the airspace above her nation.
Jamala made a trip to the Netherlands earlier this week and participated in the TV show College Tour. She said that she had not been requested to play in Turin, which astonished her. She expressed a desire to appear on stage – not for herself, but for her people.
“I’d do it,” she said. “It’s a great platform to remember.” Don’t forget that any delay in deploying weaponry, or even talking about it, costs Ukrainian lives.”
Jamala said that her ambition is for Kalush Orchestra to win Eurovision. She would want to see the next Eurovision Song Contest conducted in a free and peaceful Kyiv.
Jamala’s goodwill tour of Europe has seen her perform her Eurovision entry “1944” in order to draw attention to her nation.
The song, which chronicles Joseph Stalin’s forceful expulsion of Crimean Tartars from Crimea, is very personal to Jamala since her great grandmother was among those forced on that long march.
Two years after Russia unjustly occupied the territory, the song won the competition. Jamala tapped into the zeitgeist, but she also performed with a heartbreaking genuineness that left her sobbing every time, she told us.
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