Jamala presented the QIRIM album at the National Opera, which includes 14 ancient songs.
Each song represents a part of her native Crimea. The album was created over decades, the singer collected songs from different parts of the peninsula. In total, more than 80 local musicians joined the work on the collection.
The album will be presented together with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Volodymyr Sirenko. After that, QIRIM will be performed in Liverpool as part of the EuroFestival, accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Jamala emphasizes that it is the first time in the history of Ukrainian music that the album presentation will be so large-scale.
«QIRIM is about our history, which we collect bit by bit to know ourselves. To know the culture that has been bleeding for years. The new album follows the paths of the Ukrainian Crimea and tells traditional stories that were previously unknown or forgotten. This is how I want Ukraine to sound to the world,» the artist says.