So we’re still waiting for the final decision about the Eurovision 2017 host city in Ukraine. Thankfully Jamala has taken some time out of her gas station promotions to give British fans something else to chew on, since they can’t yet book flights or hotels.
In an interview with OK! Magazine, Jamala suggested the UK struggles on the scoreboard partly because they fail to connect with people emotionally, particularly on world issues.
“I think you guys don’t take it seriously! And that’s why good musicians don’t always take part. But I think in 2016, something changed with my song ‘1944’. Can you imagine a Crimean Tatar, electronica, my gown, the tree? All of these things together are very unusual for Eurovision, even the fact it was a sad song in a fun event. My song was not an easy song to sing back or remember, and it wasn’t written especially for Eurovision — but my instinct was right. People said my song was too political, but it’s about real life, something that really happened. People connected with that, and it won. Maybe the UK should do that, something real.”
Jamala knows a thing or two about keeping it real, and not just when it comes to singing about the forced deportation of Crimean Tatars under Stalin.
She recently performed at G-A-Y in London, telling the audience that her gay fans are particularly special to her because of their passion, adding that they are her “birds”.
As for her musical realness, Jamala told OK! that she looks up to plenty of British musical acts including Radiohead.
“The last Radiohead album especially, it’s a masterpiece,” she said.
She was also stoked to learn that Adele praised her song at a concert in Amsterdam. As well she should be.
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