The winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest Jamala has released a new single: ‘Thank You, Stranger’.
About ‘Thank You, Stranger‘
The self-written guitar ballad features Jamala softly expressing her gratitude to the people in countries neighbouring Ukraine who have hosted refugees displaced due to the Russian invasion. The meaning of the song has a particular sense of poignancy to it as Jamala herself had to rely on the support of such countries; as at the beginning of the war she herself had to seek refuge in Romania with her two children. Jamala sings of how thankful she is for the families who have housed Ukrainian refugees, and of her longing to return to her homeland. In cooperation with creative studio Banda Agency, a music video was also released that features a compilation of videos of children who have left since the 24th of February and how they have been welcomed into their hosts’ homes.
Listen to “Thank You, Stranger”
You are now able to listen to “Thank You, Stranger” on the following streaming platforms:
Jamala’s Eurovision Journey
Prior to her 2016 participation, Jamala also attempted to represent Ukraine at the 2011 contest with the song ‘Smile‘; ultimately coming 3rd in that year’s selection.
In 2016, Jamala represented Ukraine in Stockholm. Her entry, ‘1944‘, told the story of how her Crimean Tatar ancestors were forcibly exiled from Crimea to Central Asia during the Second World War by Soviet forces. The song directly lamenting the fact she had spent her youth in Kyrgyzstan and had not been able to grow up in Crimea. The song came second with both the Jury and Televote, and finished first overall with 534 points.
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Source: The New Voice Of Ukraine
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