Jamala releases Special EP “1944”
Today Jamala releases a special Eurovision EP “1944”. Except for the song “1944” that Jamala performs at the Eurovision Song Contest, the EP represents the highlights of her last three albums – “Watch Over Me” from the EP “Thank You” (2014), “I’m Like a Bird” from the album “All or Nothing” (2013) and “Hate Love” from the album “Breath” released in autumn 2015.
Listen to EP “1944”
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“The songs that are included in this EP reflect my state of mind and my feelings at the moment. They are all about searching my way home, my loneliness, love, and hopes for the better future. I think that Eurovision audience will like it”.
“1944“ is a very special song for me. I wrote it a year and a half ago. It originates in my childhood and is inspired by a story that my great-grandmother told me when I was small. The song is about the tragedy that happened to our family and all the Crimean Tatars in 1944. I mean the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from Crimea to Central Asia, the crime committed by the Soviet government. For several weeks they loaded the Crimean people into freight trains, like wild animals, with no food or water. Those who couldn’t survive were thrown out and left lying on the ground. My great-grandmother also lost her daughter. But the song “1944“ applies to all people that had their own horrible tragedies in the past, such as Holocaust.
I believe there are two important messages in the song. The first is “We should never forget about this tragedy of our people, we should remind our children about it so that they are able to prevent things like that in the future“. And the second message is “When we create the future, we should remember our roots, and where we came from. If you really respect and honor your family, your own culture and history, you learn how to respect other cultures. That’s the way for us to make this world better“.