About Martha



The ability of an artist to reinvent themselves and evolve is often a keynote for a long and successful career. Martha D. Lewis has such an ability.

Since the start of her career in the 1990s, award-winning British-Cypriot music maker Martha D. Lewis has appeared on over 15 live television performances with over 100 national and international radio interviews.
Trail-blazing beginnings as one half of the creative duo ‘Donna and Kebab’ (with Eve Polycarpou) saw live performances at The Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Martha + Eve released 3 records and were festival favourites taking to the stage at Glastonbury Festival, Reading Festival et al. 

From 2000, Martha has released 2 solo albums of contemporary jazz world music been featured in numerous world and jazz festivals including many appearances at the EFG London Jazz festival.

An established music maker whose credits include composing for film, TV, theatre and commissions. 

Martha is a member of the Jazz Council at the Ivors Academy, where she also provides music career mentorship for emerging young artists for Help Musicians UK.

Since 1996, Martha has directed the Independent Record label Budd.

Martha has primarily been programmed and listed as a jazz singer-songwriter, but her musical genre is multi-dimensional taking in blues, world and art-pop.

Martha is previously well-known for her emotive interpretations of 1920’s Greek blues, providing a new contribution to the borders of world and contemporary jazz music. Martha’s new release sees giant leaps as a jazz singer – songwriter, signalling a new direction of artistic growth.

Before this…

Martha was presenter and singer in the Globally released feature-film documentary entitled ‘My Sweet Canary. The film about the life and work of the first Lady of the Greek Blues – Roza Eskenazy – inspired Martha’s 2016 CD release ‘Homage To Roza’ .

Featuring the legendary drummer Jack De Johnette, the album was a stimulating new contribution to the margins and borders of World music fusing the urban blues of Athens in the 1920’s with Urban London. The courageous interpretations and arrangements of music from 20’s-50’s marked the meeting and melting pot of Eastern Mediterranean music and contemporary jazz.

Other biog bits in brief

  • Composer of around 130 songs and works broadcast on TV Film and Radio.
  • Performed with music group that represented Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest in Luxembourg.
  • Performed lead vocals on a theme tune for the BBC’s Coverage of the 2004 Olympic games.
  • BBC Radio 3 documentary presenter for ‘A Journey Into Rembetika (Greek Blues)’.
  • BBC Radio 3 broadcast of a 33-minute commissioned work at ‘Women Take Centre Stage’ Festival. 
  • Presenter and primary singer in feature film documentary ‘My Sweet Canary’ – international cinema release through Cinephil Distribution and Coproduction, with UK screenings nationally in Cineworld.
  • Music composer for: Documentaries Theatre Plays and numerous commissions from Arts Council, PRS Foundation, London Arts Board.
  • Mentor for Ivors Academy / Help Musicians UK .
  • A member of the Jazz Council at the Ivors.
  • Patron of Leukaemia Cancer Society
  • Educator in Performance and Vocal Skills


  • British-born Cypriot Martha Demetri Lewis’ career was launched with the much-acclaimed award winning music-comedy duo Donna & Kebab in the early 1990s. This long term and ongoing creative partnership with singer musician actress Eve Polycarpou rapidly accumulated TV, radio and theatre credits. The duo have toured throughout UK Europe and Middle East.
  • In 1995, renamed Martha and Eve the duo focused their attention on their prolific songwriting skills and have recorded three albums, a club single and a DVD of their show ‘Live at the Hackney Empire’. This creative partnership continues. View www.marthaandeve.co.uk for more details. 
  • Martha’s solo project ‘Café Aman’ was launched in 1999 following a commission by The Arts Council of Great Britain for a 30-minute musical work. This work was broadcast by BBC Radio 3 in its entirety and began her journey as a composer. Martha has since received numerous commissions for music work including further works for the Arts Council, PRS foundation, London Arts Board, music festivals, a short film, theatre plays as well as title and incidental music for documentaries. 
  • Martha holds a Master’s Degree in Songwriting and a B.A (Hons) Music Degree.
  • Concerts and Festivals played numerous times include: Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms,The Jazz Cafe , Royal Academy of the Arts, Glastonbury Festival, EFG London Jazz Festival, Reading Festival, Brighton Festival, Bath Jazz Festival, Small Nations, Brighton Fringe, City of London Festival, Thames Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Latitude Festival, Chichester Festival.
  • All Albums available on all digital outlets as well as HMV retail.
  • A physical copy of the albums is also available via our easy to use SHOP page.

Discography includes:

  • 1990s – 3 albums released and toured with musical partner Eve Polycarpou as the acclaimed music-comedy duo, ‘Donna & Kebab.’ Festival and TV favourites, they made numerous TV and Radio appearances. Donna + Kebab released 3 albums a club single ‘Je T’aime’ and ‘Donna and Kebab – LIVE At The Hackney Empire’ DVD.
  • 2007 – Debut Solo CD ‘Café Aman – Double Life’ awarded ‘Best album of the Year ‘ by BBC Radio 3. Martha composed, arranged and led 9-piece orchestra ‘Cafe Aman’ which toured UK festivals and headlined multiple times at the Queen Elizabeth Hall South Bank London, Jazz Café, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho.
  • 2010 – Single release ‘Misirlou’ included in the ‘Best of European Jazz 2010’ compilation CD by London Jazz Festival.
  • 2015 – New Solo Album ‘Homage to Roza‘ – Ground-breaking, bold reinterpretations of classic Greek blues songs. Working with long-term collaborator / producer Nick Cohen (Massive Attack), this album featured world-class players from the Jazz and World music scene, including the legendary jazz drummer Jack De Johnette.
  • 2022 – ALL THAT YOU SEE – a jazz-infused journey of songs sung in English as recorded at Real World Studios, produced by Nick Cohen and mixed by Stephen W. Tayler, whose producer credits include Kate Bush, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel. 

Industry Awards

  • Best Newcomer – Time Out Award
  • Best of New 2007 New Releases – BBC Radio London
  • Life Time Achievement Award – LGR
  • Outstanding Contribution Award 2015 – Leukemia Cancer Society