Ukraine’s practicing Muslim singer Jamala was declared the winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest for a gloomy tune that summon up the memories on the 1944 exile of Crimean Tatars by Soviet system.
Also known as Susana Jamaladinova,beautifulJamala, was acknowledged with the highest score for her memorable song, 1944, after votes she received from juries and TV audience across Europe were counted following other performances by the number of 26 finalists at Stockholm’s Globe Arena.
In the middle of entries about love and desire, Jamala’s song stood out with the theme that is not easy to forget..
With serious lyrics aimed at Russia it recalls how Crimean Tatars, together withJamala’s great-grandmother, were exiled to central Asia in 1944 by Josef Stalin’s governmentthroughout the World War II.
Jamala’s is not ashamed of Muslim roots, and was proud to honor it when marrying her partner in traditional muslim marriage ceremony.
“I really want peace and love to everyone,” she said, lifting the Eurovision trophy along with the Ukrainian flag.
The focal point is on Crimea, which was fully annexed by Russia in 2014, and a song itself could be considered a run off with Moscow, but Jamala insisted there was no political implication, and contest officials settled, as no visible political lyrics are allowed in the famous competition.
Loreen, the Swedish vocalist who won the 2012 competition held in Baku, Azerbaijan, was born andraised in a Muslim family, but is non-pract